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Parks contracts held up by legal row

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Legal action could hold up the felling of dangerous trees in Britain's biggest authority, it is reported.

The care of Birmingham's trees is one of 12 maintenance contracts worth a total of nearly£20m awarded by the city council for parks, open spaces, grass verges and other green sites.

But now, according to the Birmingham Post, a legal appeal by one of the bidders has stopped the leisure department awarding the tree pruning contract.

Central Tree Services is challenging the council’s decision on a preferred bidder which means the care of trees from April cannot yet be guaranteed.

Leisure scrutiny committee chairman Coun John Alden (Cons, Edgbaston) is quoted: “We are in a mess with the tree contract after the legal injunction was served on us.

“But we are still hopeful of getting the tree contract underway pending the outcome of the legal difficulties.”

The paper says the row has also held up the official announcement of the remaining 11 contracts.

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