Worthing council officers making too many tree prevention orders

DESPITE more transparency being promised at a council meeting in March officers are still making decisions that “no-one supports”.

Adur and Worthing councils’ joint planning committee agreed in March that clearer guidelines should be produced for assessing the “amenity value” of trees.

Councillor Steve Waight said despite the advice of including ward councillors when tree protection orders (TPOs) are served, this is still not happening.

He said: “The situation for some time was if any work needs to be done, like pruning or trimming, then the council’s permission is needed to do that.

“Fairly frequently the officers have turned up and put a TPO on that the local member does not support, the residents do not support – that in fact no-one supports.

“We believe that local people should have a voice on what happens in their area.”

Pauline Fox is the chief executive officer of Worthing and District Scope, and said when the charity started work on a new day centre in Birkdale Road, Durrington, TPOs had a “dreadful impact”.

She said: “The council put a TPO on the whole site with no reason. This decision cost a fortune.”