Deadline for owner to take action over tree
WORK to stabilise or remove a "dangerous" tree in Bradford Abbas could be enforced by a court order if the owner does not act within 28 days.
Last month Robin Legg, district councillor for Bradford Abbas, said the large 120-year-old beech tree, which sits on a wall of the Grange overlooking Church Road, was dangerous and could pose "immediate risk" to residents.
A spokeswoman for West Dorset District Council said officers met with a tree specialists on behalf of owner Craig Stoddart last week.
She said: "Yesterday our officers were looking for a clear indication of progress and commitment from Mr Stoddart by the end of the day that a long-term solution to secure the tree and wall was being implemented.
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"If this does not happen, the council is prepare to seek a court order for Mr Stoddart to carry out the work within 28 days."
The wall is being monitored regularly and, should there be any change in the state, the council has powers under section 78 of the Building Act to step in and remove the risk posed by the tree and charge the owner for the work.