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Parish Council Tree Policy Petition

Trees are a wonder of nature. They enhance our lives, are a crucial part of the habitat for fauna and are a key link in the science of nature. They inspire writers and poets and what painting or photograph would not be complete without a tree. They are an integral part of the natural beauty of the landscape. However nothing is perfect. They can also blight our lives by damaging manmade structures if too close with their extensive root systems extending branches and by depositing unwanted debris. They can block natural light, obscure street lighting, cause a hazard on highways and byways to both vehicles and pedestrians and sometimes damage themselves with self-set trees taking the nutrients that are required by the larger often parent tree. They can change the natural beauty of a landscape by obscuring other important natural and manmade features. In essence it is of upmost importance that they are managed. In recent years this has not happened in Matlock Bath; probably the last tree management programme was the removal during the ‘Dutch Elm epidemic’. The problem has been accentuated by a series of wet summers when tree growth has accelerated and also by the longer growing seasons caused by global warming. It is important that we act now. The lead must be taken by the planning authority, Derbyshire Dales District Council working in partnership with the County Council. They must offer positive guidance and support so that all land owners are able to manage the trees in their care. The Parish Council believe that a positive tree management policy is crucial to the survival of much that is held dear in Matlock Bath both by residents and visitors.

The petition has now been delivered to both Derbyshire Dales District Council and Derbyshire County Council.

The petition was considered at the DDDC Environment Committee on 27 February 2014 and DCC arranged for it to be reported to the Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport, Councillor Joan Dixon on 21st January 2014. The Cabinet Member recommended to ask the Strategic Director - Economy, Transport and Environment to investigate the issues raised.

As a result, Matlock Bath Parish Council was invited to send representatives to a meeting arranged by DDDC together with DCC representatives and English Nature. This meeting was welcomed by the Parish Council.

The meeting was regarded as a very productive meeting. The outcome of which was as follows:

1 The Parish Council is to provide DDDC with key vantage points within Matlock Woods / Lovers Walks which have become obscured over the years and which they consider need to be cut-back in order to open up historic views.

2 The District Council will review the scale of work identified and liaise with Natural England in order to obtain their views on the acceptability of any works that are considered necessary.

3 Once an agreed scale of work has been identified, DDDC will then present a report to the relevant Council Committee advising of the resources that would be involved in undertaking such works (unless they were to be undertaken voluntarily).

4 The Committee will be asked whether the works can be funded from the District Council’s resources.

Regarding trees which come under the remit of Derbyshire County Council, they feel that due to resources and cuts at the authority, they are unable to commission any work at this current time.

The Parish Council has drawn up an Advisory Tree Management Policy and this can be found under Policy Documents.

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Next Parish Council Meeting

Wednesday 20th September 2017 at 7.00 pm


at The New Bath Hotel
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