Council considers tree legal action

Manchester City Council is considering taking legal proceedings against the contractors who 'butchered' a tree in Chorlton. They could be fined up to £20,000 for flouting a tree preservation order on the 50-year-old willow.

The work was carried out by Watson Property Management, the contractor which maintains the block of flats where the tree stands in Chorlton.

Local councillor Paul Ankers said: 'It is important to enforce tree preservation orders and this was a particularly important tree. Chorlton is seen as a leafy area but this street doesn't have many leafy trees.'

A Manchester City Council representative said: 'The council is aware that this tree is subject to a  preservation order. We are now investigating to see what further action to take.'

He confirmed the council was considering launching legal proceedings against Watson Property  Management.

Tim Mullen, from Watson Property Management, in Wetherby, West Yorkshire, said he knew nothing about the tree and had not been contacted by the council.

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