Arboriculture budget cuts attacked by Torbay councillors

Councillors in Torbay, Devon, have launched a probe into the local mayor's decision to slash a third from the council's tree maintenance budget.

Councillors are calling on Torbay mayor Nick Bye to reconsider his decision to slash the tree maintenance budget by £57,400.

Earlier this year the budget was reduced from £140,500 to £90,200.

Torbay Council's overview and scrutiny board — made up of councillors — has been examining the issue after concerns were raised by residents.

Councillor Steve Darling called on fellow members to request the mayor reassess his budget during a meeting on 9 September.

The request was unanimously agreed by the board, which will submit its report to the mayor.


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