Question 1 - Trees on the stream on the opposite bank to mine and a neighbours house are dangerously overhanging our properties. The bank is eroding and there is a real danger that they will topple, (one already has). The land under question is a strip perhaps 60ft long and 8-10ft at its widest. The land is in the very middle of our village and not owned by anyone, (this has been confirmed by searches). Can the PC help?
Answer - That neither the trees nor the land belong to the PC, therefore the PC can do nothing. The District Council might help.
Question 2 - I give three examples of land within 50ft of the land under question that the PC has responsibility for. I also quote Local Government Act 1972 - Acquisition of land by agreement by Parish and Community Councils. I ask that my elected Councillors be the ones to decide on my question/proposal.
Answer - It is not possible for a PC to takeover looking after trees it does not own. It simply does not have the power or money to do this. (Exact Words)
Conclusion - My request is not put to elected Councillors, but summarily decided upon by the Parish Clerk, who clearly has budgetary authority as she decides what PC money is spent on. Is the Parish Clerk the ultimate authority on a PC?