Minister plans to cut red tape on tree preservation

Proposals to amend tree preservation paperwork were announced by communities minister Bob Neill today as part of the Government's pledge to cut red tape.

Three sets of regulations covering tree preservation orders in England will be streamlined into one document, designed to save local authorities more than £500,000 in administration costs each year.

Neill said the new regulations will reduce paperwork, simplify the process of protecting trees and provide a fairer, more straightforward and effective system for tree preservation. "It's ridiculous we have three sets of regulations governing tree protection. Who knows how many trees have been felled to write all of these," he added.

"These regulations are exactly the sort of unnecessary paperwork we can easily trim down to a much more manageable size. Laws are supposed to protect people, not bury them in red tape."

- See building/treestreamliningconsult

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