How long will an application take to process?
In a conservation area the council must let you know of a decision within six weeks of receiving the letter. If you have not heard anything after this you may assume that there is no objection to your proposals. The council will normally contact you to let you know there is no objection.
The council should deal with an application to work on a tree protected by a tree preservation order within eight weeks, and will normally write to you within this time to let you know of their decision. If you have not heard anything within this time you can assume your application has been refused. If you are not happy with this decision you may appeal.
Does the council have a list of tree surgeons?
Yes Shropshire Council does hold a list, attached to this page.
There is a dangerous tree in my neighbours garden, can the council do anything about it?
Yes. Under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 the council can inspect the tree and serve notice on the owners requiring them to make it safe, but only if the tree is an imminent threat to persons and property. Contact the Tree and Woodland Amenity Protection Officer on 01743 252584, or email email@example.com
Some workers are felling a tree in a conservation area or a tree which has a tree preservation order on it. Who do I contact to get the work stopped?
Contact the Tree and Woodland Amenity Protection Officer on 01743 252584 who will check to see if the relevant permission has been given, and take the appropriate action if not.
How does the council ensure trees are protected on development sites?
Trees are very vulnerable to damage whilst building works go on around them. The council seeks to ensure that trees that are retained on development sites are protected from damage as much as possible by requiring developers to take special precautions. New guidelines on protecting trees on development sites are currently being prepared.