Issue details

Delivery of the Ash Dieback Action Plan - Procurement

Ash Dieback is a disease that is likely to kill 95% of the county’s ash trees over the next 10–20 years.  This will have a major impact on the county’s landscape, the wildlife it supports, other ecosystems that trees provide and climate change.

 

It will also have a high impact on the county and the County Council, posing a significant risk to people, property (including schools) and the delivery of services (including highways).  Therefore, a corporate Ash Dieback Action Plan has been prepared to manage the impact of the disease.

 

The aim of the Plan is to effectively address the risks presented by the impact of ash dieback (which will require a programme of reactive and proactive tree removal and replanting), conserve the ecosystems in which ash trees are found across the county, and prepare for a positive regeneration phase with a net biodiversity gain. 

 

A specialist contractor needs to be procured to deliver the tree removal and replanting programme. Additional officer resources are required to support programme delivery.

 

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 26/08/2021

Decision due: September 2021 by Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport

Lead member: Councillor Joy Dennis joy.dennis@westsussex.gov.uk

Contact: Michele Hulme Email: michele.hulme@westsussex.gov.uk Tel: 033 022 23880.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, via the officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.

 

Consultees

Director of Law and Assurance

Director of Finance and Support Services

Democratic Services Contact: Judith Shore Tel: 033 022 26052

Decisions

Background papers

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