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Chesterfield company fined for illegally cutting down trees

Robinsons PLC of Chesterfield was ordered to pay more than £10,000 for breaching a tree preservation order.

The case, brought by Chesterfield Borough Council was heard at North East Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates Court in Chesterfield on Thursday 25 May.

Guy Robinson, finance director, pleaded guilty on behalf of the company to cutting down a total of nine trees that were subject to a tree preservation order at Dock Walk, Boythorpe, Chesterfield.

The company was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £200 prosecution costs and £170 victim surcharge, payable within 28 days.

Councillor Chris Ludlow, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing said: “Although Robinsons claimed they were not aware of the tree preservation order, this case shows how important it is to check with the council before any works at all are done to trees.

“The level of the fine shows just how serious this is and we are prepared to take enforcement action where necessary.”

Information on planning matters relating to trees is available on the planning section of our website.

First published on 26 May 2017 Last updated on 07 July 2017