Dear Tewkesbury Town Council,
Your contractors felled a healthy Silver Birch tree at your mooring in St Mary's Road on Friday 13th August 2021. In regards to the felling of this tree I would ask you to supply the following:
a) The minutes of all meetings, and all other information including E mails and records of telephone conversations pertaining to your deliberations about your decision to seek planning permission from the Borough Council to fell the said tree.
b) Details of your deliberations, including the minutes of any meetings and E mail records and all other pertinent information about your considered alternatives to felling the said tree.
c) Any reports, or similar, that the town council commissioned from a tree surgeon or structural engineer regarding the best way to tackle the problem of the defective retaining wall.
d) The cost of felling the said Silver Birch tree by your contractors on 13th August.
e) Any impact assessment concerning the felling of the said tree, including the potential impact on any wildlife that uses the said tree.
f) Details of any potential conflict of interest, including existing friendships between leaseholders of the moorings and officers, employees and town councillors, that may be of material interest and which may have influenced the town council's considered decision to fell the said tree.
g) Estimates of the cost of repairing the retaining wall following the felling of the said tree.
h) All details, including financial estimates, of how the town council proposes to replace the silver birch tree.
i) A detailed breakdown of the annual income that the town council receives from the leasing of the St Mary' s Road moorings.
j) Details of all correspondence including minutes of any meetings, official documents and any other information, about how the felling of the said tree dovetails with the town council's existing green agenda.
k) A detailed breakdown of all costs pertaining to the recent refurbishment and upgrading of your St Mary's Road moorings.
l) Any other information you consider relevant and pertinent to this freedom of information request.
Thank you for your assistance in this matter.
Dear Mr Shipton
I acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information request.
Dear Mr Shipton
I am now able to respond to your Freedom of Information request as follows:
a) All Town Council meeting minutes are published on our website as per our publication scheme. The application to fell the tree was submitted online via Tewkesbury Borough Council's planning portal in line with planning legislation under a Section 211 Notice (TCA) due to the tree being in the conservation area. I have attached a copy of an email exchange concerning this, the acknowledgement of this application and also the notice advising that the work could proceed.
b) The tree was semi-mature at around two thirds of anticipated height and had also previously been topped. The Tree Surgeon who undertook the work advised that due to the close proximity of the tree to the wall, any repair work to the wall would be likely to kill the tree and if not the tree would damage the wall if repaired.
c) I am attaching a copy of the tree survey from 2020.
d) I can confirm that the cost of felling the tree was £400.
i) A detailed breakdown of income from St. Mary's Lane moorings is not produced.
j) Minutes available online and no further information available.
k) The cost of refurbishing the collapsed moorings at St Mary's Road was £2,586. Flood proof poles were installed at a cost of £400 each.
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