The person in question did work on my property but his action was totally unexpected; I did complain about the tree and mentioned that it was the responsibility of the neighbor to sort it out, he took matters into his hands.
I'm not sure what the consequences of his action would be & I dont think it is right for me to take the heat for this.
I dont live at the property in question as it was rented out & the tenant just recently left. How do I respond to the council's letter?
Content of Letter
Town & Country Planning Act 1990 (As Amended)
Damage Caused to Oak Tree – Standing in Group 30 of Tree Preservation Order
Further to a recent Inspection, it has been noted with concern that damage has been caused to the Oak Tree in the rear garden of the above property – with four 30cm deep, 2.5cm wide holes have been drilled into the trunk of the tree at approximately 80cm from ground level and a substance having apparently been poured into this holes.
It should be noted that it is a criminal offence – which may carry a heavy penalty to undertake or to cause or permit unauthorised work to damage a tree included within a Tree Preservation Order.
If you were responsible for the damage which has been caused to this tree (as described above), involved in any way, or know who was responsible for the damage, would you please send me in writing by 10th June 2015 any Information or mitigation which you would like to be taken into account.
A decision will be made as to what further action is appropriate upon receipt of theses details.