Eastleigh Borough Council has successfully prosecuted a local resident and a tree surgeon for cutting down a number of trees in breach of an Area Tree Preservation Order (TPO).
The trees were unlawfully cut down in March 2017 at a residential property in Pinewood Park, West End, Southampton without the required approval from the Council.
In April 2018, the tree surgeon Paul Heaton-Wright who carried out the unlawful works pleaded guilty and was fined a total of £1000 plus £100 victim surcharge for removal of the trees.
In July the homeowner Susan Tinson pleaded guilty at Southampton’s Magistrates Court to the offence of breaching the Tree Preservation Order, and was fined £7,263, ordered to pay the council costs of £2,180 and victim surcharge of £170.00 – a total of £9613. Mrs Tinson has also been served with a tree replant notice to replace the trees that have been felled.
Bursledon, Hamble-le-Rice & Hound Local Area Chair Cllr Tonia Craig said, “The Council takes this issue very seriously and is committed to protecting trees that are protected by an Area Tree Preservation Order (TPO). She added, “The Council will ensure that robust action is taken against those who breach tree preservation orders. Residents should check if trees in their garden are covered by a TPO and seek advice before embarking on the removal of any trees.”