Fareham Borough Council has successfully prosecuted Mr Sandro Placidi after he illegally cut down an oak tree that was protected by a Tree Preservation Order.
Mr Placidi was found guilty of the offence at Portsmouth Magistrates Court and was ordered to pay £1200 and the costs of the prosecution.
Fareham Borough Council made a Tree Preservation Order in 2009 to protect the tree which borders two properties on Warsash Road and Dibles Road, Warsash. It is estimated to be over 100 years old. In April 2015 it was reported to the Council that the vast majority of the tree had been cut down and following an investigation Mr Placidi was summoned to the Courts.
Tree Preservation Orders are put in place to help the Council control work undertaken to trees that make an important contribution to the local area. If works to protected trees are needed an application must be sent to the Council and then a decision is made. In this case Mr Placidi, a local solicitor, did not provide any information to the Council before the works were carried out.
Executive Member for Planning and Environment, Cllr Keith Evans said: "This prosecution sends out a clear message that violating a Tree Preservation Order has serious legal consequences. Anyone planning tree work should contact the Council for advice before doing anything.'
Notes to editor:
The offence that Mr Placidi was found guilty of was a Section 210(4) Town and Country Planning Act 1990 – Contravention of a Tree Preservation Order.
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