Protected oak tree saved from the chop despite fears it could crush a Hurworth resident's home

Darlington and Stockton Times: Trees can cause huge damage to properties if they fall Trees can cause huge damage to properties if they fall

COUNCILLORS denied permission to fell a protected oak tree in Hurworth despite a resident’s fear it could demolish his home.

Geoffrey Scott told a meeting of Darlington Council’s planning committee that the roots of the large tree in the grounds of Hurworth Grange Community Centre would sometimes lift from the ground in high winds.

Mr Scott, of Woodlands Way, said he lived in fear every time there was a strong wind because the tree would crush his house if it fell.

Councillors said they sympathised with Mr Scott but a report by an arboricultural officer recommended that the tree was still worthy of protection.

No expert evidence stating that the tree was a risk or diseased had been provided in the in the application to have it felled so permission was refused.

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1:31pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Colcat says...

If it does fall down in the next big wind, I predict an "I told you so! " article shortly after!
If it does fall down in the next big wind, I predict an "I told you so! " article shortly after! Colcat
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4:45pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Jan Van-Winkel says...

Colcat wrote:
If it does fall down in the next big wind, I predict an "I told you so! " article shortly after!
Or at least a well justified claim against the council and it's "arboricultural officer".
[quote][p][bold]Colcat[/bold] wrote: If it does fall down in the next big wind, I predict an "I told you so! " article shortly after![/p][/quote]Or at least a well justified claim against the council and it's "arboricultural officer". Jan Van-Winkel
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5:28pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Spy Boy says...

I believe that there was a similar incident in Aycliffe a while ago. The dieased tree came down causing many thousands of pounds worth of damage which was claimed against the council. Just like our lot to go down the same route.
I believe that there was a similar incident in Aycliffe a while ago. The dieased tree came down causing many thousands of pounds worth of damage which was claimed against the council. Just like our lot to go down the same route. Spy Boy
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