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Housing developer and tree contractor hit with huge fines

Swansea Council has welcomed the sentencing of a group of people involved in the felling of a large number of protected trees in the city.

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Housing developer, Fiorenzo Sauro - director of Enzo Homes and tree contractor, Arwyn Morgan, have been fined a total of £420,000 after being found guilty in August 2019 of breaching tree preservation regulations attached to trees near a site that Mr Sauro's firm was building homes at.

The Council took action against Mr Sauro and Mr Morgan - who pleaded guilty to the charges at a trial in August.

Mr Sauro was fined a total of £180,000 plus costs. Separately, his company was fined £120,000 plus costs and Mr Morgan was also fined £120,000 plus costs.

The conclusion of the case follows the felling of a rare protected Giant Redwood and a collection of other trees at the site in Penllergaer - the site of the former Swansea Council offices.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said: "Today's outcome is a reflection of the hard work the Council has undertaken to investigate this environmental crime.

"In monetary terms, these trees held a significant value but no amount of money or fine can replace the value of the trees in terms of what they mean to the community and Swansea as a whole.

"I would like to thank all the teams involved including our Tree Officers and our legal team.

"Hopefully today's outcome will send a strong message out to developers or the public that removing protected trees without permission is something we will follow up strongly and through the courts if necessary."

 

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