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The Community Council, and several individuals, have had meetings, presentations and discussions with the local planning authority (East Renfrewshire Council) over the years. It is apparent that the council lack the funds and staffing to prioritise tree protection. In ERC there is one council officer dealing with the administration,  implementation and maintenance of TPOs in addition to advising on planning & tree related matters, and one arboreal specialist. This is to cover an area of approximately 174km² of which 85% is rural and includes over 100 Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation and 68 Tree Preservation Order Areas and Areas of Ancient Woodland.

Moreover, for individuals to apply to the council for TPOs to cover trees which might some day be threatened with removal is a long, technical and expensive process as explained in section 5 below. The local MSPs have not been approached regarding the petition since, although MSPs might have an interest in tree protection, their remit would only be at a local level whereas it is felt that a national response is required. The petition has the support of the local councillors.

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