Houghton Regis Town Council (HRTC) were devastated to have received a report from BHA Trees Ltd, Aboricultural Consultants, on the health of the Houghton Hall Park Cedar Tree which clearly showed that the tree was substantially and irreversibly diseased.
HRTC has responsibility for the tree and therefore the decision on its future lies with HRTC.
Accordingly a Special Town Council meeting was held on 5th July to decide on the most appropriate course of action.
The meeting was well attended by members of the public and there was a lengthy discussion and debate on the health of the tree and options for its future.
It was not an easy decision for councillors to make. The decision of the Town Council was:
1. To carry out necessary crown and limb reduction to the tree and to erect an exclusion fence with warning signs all around the tree to prevent anyone accessing the fall zone;
2. To request that the Environment & Leisure Committee oversee the costing and design of the fencing;
3. To instruct the Town Clerk action this with immediate effect due to the health and safety risk posed by the tree;
4. To agree to fund Option 4 through the use of General Reserves if necessary.
To view the consultant’s report on the health of the tree click here
Over the forthcoming days and weeks the Council will action this decision.
The first step will be to appoint the Consultant to specify the necessary crown and limb reduction work and to appoint a suitably qualified tree surgeon to carry out the work.
Investigations will be carried out on different fencing options and a Special meeting of the Environment & Leisure Committee will be called to agree the details of the fencing project.
In the meantime the temporary fencing and prohibitive signage will remain around the tree to restrict access.
If you would like any further information please contact HRTC, Council Offices, Peel Street, Houghton Regis LU55EY or email email@example.com
Last updated about 1 year ago