Saturday, March 11, 2017

Cllr Joyce Lucas Trees and the problem with Oakham Town Council

When the tree branch fell in Cutts Close Oakham during storm Doris Cllr Lucas came very
close to making an unlawful decision and was only stopped from doing so when she sent
all members of the council a email mine was sent via the office?

The Chairman of the council had to remind her once again she could not just do as she

What I find interesting reading her email is how keen she was to see the tree felled on the same
day. But then in public she stands at a meeting calling and states in public
she is for the tree and would not want to see it felled. Cllr Lucas must be getting very confused these days?

From: ""
To: Allison Greaves  
Cc: "" ; MJHaley ; Stan Stubbs ; peter ind ; Sally Anne Wadsworth ; Richard Haynes
Sent: Thursday, 23 February 2017, 15:47
Subject: TREES


I am aware of both trees in Burley Road Car Park...The forestry officer and planning officer are on their way to take photos.
The OTC tree surgeon has sorted the dangerous branch.
I will know later today if we can take down the Lime Tree.....I will take the responsibility of getting the tree felled if I have the say so from RCC. We CANNOT afford to have someone killed.

RCC will sort compensation for the damage to the cars in Burley Road car park.
PLEASE let me know a.s.a.p. if you have any objection top my actions.
Rgds Joyce

Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 6:42 PM
From: "Adam Lowe"
To: "" , "Allison Greaves"
Cc: MJHaley , "Stan Stubbs" , "peter ind" , "Sally Anne Wadsworth" , "Richard Haynes" , "Martin Brookes"
Subject: Re: TREES

No Councillor can authorise this work, it must come from the Office.

Joyce in her capacity as Tree Warden to the Council can advise that there is a RISK.

Which has been done now.

The Office working with a Tree Contractor (I was unaware of an OTC Tree Surgeon) can further establish the urgency and RISK and then the Office agree to engage the appropriate contractors.

Standing Orders and Financial Regulations must be adhered to please by everyone.

Given that a Tree Contractor has attended site and as I am aware they have sated they have made the area safe then I would suggest the Council are exercising due diligence and the Office have this well in hand.

My understanding is that the incident in the carpark is not a Town Council issue.

Thank you to Joyce for her invaluable input, Allison, please pass on the Council thanks to the Contractors involved for their speedy response today as it is becoming very apparent that the County as a whole is having a time of it.


Adam Lowe