The Assistant Director for Environment, Property and Commercial Services submitted the amended Tree Policy for Middlesbrough. The previous Tree Policy was adopted by the Council in 2010. The Tree Policy covered the management of trees in Middlesbrough and gave advice to residents on dealing with all arboricultural issues and in turn dealing with any issues that may arise with trees.
The policy review looked at changes in legislation to ensure they were all current and still relevant to the policy. It also looked at any ambiguities from the previous policy and clarified the Councils position. The new policy considered any advancements in technology not included in the previous version, i.e. solar panels and modern telecommunications. There was also a new section on planning, which took into consideration any new housing developments.
An important change, was that the new policy introduced a new element in the disputes section of the policy. The new policy allowed members of the public, in special circumstances, to seek the view of the Executive Member for Environment in respect of tree disputes.
Consideration was given to not amending the Tree Policy, however, this was not appropriate.
That the amended Tree Policy, as attached in Appendix 1, be adopted.
The decision was supported by the following reason:
The Councils Tree Policy required updating and following review, minor amendments had been proposed.