Further to representation made to the Town Council about trees being cut back in the garden of Strangers Way on Church Road, immediate contact was made to the Tree Officer at Tendring District Council, and his reply is:-
“I can confirm that following an examination of our records the property is not affected by a Tree Preservation Order and is not situated within either of the Brightlingsea Conservation Areas. In this respect the owner of the land did not require the prior consent of the Council before carrying out works to trees.
“My site visit revealed that some large trees have been felled, most of which were in the rear garden of the property known as Strangers Way, Church Road, Brightlingsea.
“Several members of the public have asked for consideration to be given to the formal protection of remaining trees by means of a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) however my initial assessment is that, although some of the remaining trees are mature healthy specimens, they have low amenity value because of their location and the limited extent to which they can be seen and enjoyed by the public. As amenity value is the key criteria to be met when assessing trees for protection by a TPO is would be difficult to justify the formal protection of the trees
“Notwithstanding the above the owner of the land has advised me that no other trees are to be felled although the contractor will be returning to site to remove the wood from the felled trees.”