Stirling Corner Christmas tree trader issued with enforcement notice by TfL

Borehamwood Times: The Christmas tree site in Stirling Corner The Christmas tree site in Stirling Corner

A Christmas tree seller will be forced out of his spot over claims he did not have permission to sell on the land.

Aaron McDonagh moved his festive trees and caravan onto an empty patch of land in the slip road outside Morrisons, near Stirling Corner roundabout, Borehamwood, last week.

But Transport for London (TfL), which owns the land, said he has not been given any authorisation to be there and yesterday issued an enforcement notice telling him to leave.

The transport agency issued the same notice last year, after residents were concerned the trees could act as a distraction to people driving through the accident hot spot.

A statement from TfL said: “We are aware of the concerns about selling Christmas trees here. Last year we issued a notice to deter this kind of activity.

“A new notice has been issued again and this year, TfL will be discussing with the local council to see whether additional enforcement is required at this location in December.”

But Mr McDonagh claimed he spoke to TfL, Hertsmere Borough Council and his lawyers before setting up his trees on the patch of land.

He said he took the business over from previous traders last year for an undisclosed amount of money.

Before the deal went through, Mr McDonagh said a TfL representative gave him permission to sell there – provided the trees did not go near the telephone poles.

He added: “I spoke to everyone I was supposed to speak to before buying the land because I know all the legal routes.

“I have all the right kind of public liability insurance too. I was told by the council I do not need a trading license to sell there.

“I am an honest man just trying to make a living. I even donated trees to a few old age homes in the area.

“I know what the problem is with TfL – that roundabout is a hot spot for accidents but that is not down to my Christmas trees. I am only there three weeks a year.”

A statement from Hertsmere Borough Council said the land is owned by TfL which is dealing with the matter, but they are willing to support and help TfL wherever they can.

Mayor of Hertsmere Pat Strack said: “It is dangerous, the sooner he is removed from the spot the better. It makes me very mad – it distracts motorists as they drive through the roundabout.

“Everyone knows it is an accident spot, there have been crashes and near misses so this does not help matters. I am delighted that TfL acted so promptly.”

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10:48am Mon 10 Dec 12

NewTeacher says...

Seriously the crashes and the fact that this is an 'accident hotspot' has got nothing to do with some poor soul trying to make an honest living!

The council who are supposed to know the rules, obviously dont have a clue! He has taken all the right measures to ensure that he is allowed to sell there.
Seriously the crashes and the fact that this is an 'accident hotspot' has got nothing to do with some poor soul trying to make an honest living! The council who are supposed to know the rules, obviously dont have a clue! He has taken all the right measures to ensure that he is allowed to sell there. NewTeacher

12:45pm Mon 10 Dec 12

ForReal says...

I for one get my tree from Aaron every year, and they are fantastic! Bar humbug TFL and all you do gooders!!
I for one get my tree from Aaron every year, and they are fantastic! Bar humbug TFL and all you do gooders!! ForReal

12:37am Tue 11 Dec 12

DrHarris says...

Mayor of Hertsmere Pat Strack said: “It is dangerous, the sooner he is removed from the spot the better. It makes me very mad – it distracts motorists as they drive through the roundabout.

Really? What an embarrassingly silly comment!!!
Mayor of Hertsmere Pat Strack said: “It is dangerous, the sooner he is removed from the spot the better. It makes me very mad – it distracts motorists as they drive through the roundabout. Really? What an embarrassingly silly comment!!! DrHarris

4:41am Tue 11 Dec 12

chelseaboy says...

Mayor of Hertsmere Pat Strack,TFL - BAH HUMBUG

Really? What an embarrassingly silly comment!!! - EXACTLY

sounds like my old town is getting very precious, and when you drive through roundabouts you should be looking at the traffic
Mayor of Hertsmere Pat Strack,TFL - BAH HUMBUG Really? What an embarrassingly silly comment!!! - EXACTLY sounds like my old town is getting very precious, and when you drive through roundabouts you should be looking at the traffic chelseaboy

5:11am Tue 11 Dec 12

DrHarris says...

Stirling Corner is dangerous because it has a dangerous 5th exit/entrance for the slip road servicing Morrisons and other shops. This should be removed entirely or just an exit off the roundabout only. Drivers leaving Morrison direction have limited chance to pull off and eventuslly exit dangerously after getting frustrated. I'm guilty of this.

In return a new entrance to Morrison from Barnet Lane/ Furzehill Riad should be created reducing the amount of cars even going onto the roundabout. Similar to how the petrol garage opposite.

Maybe Mayor Strack should concentrate in resolving these permanent issues instead of complaint about a man who sells Christmas trees for 3 weeks of the year!
Stirling Corner is dangerous because it has a dangerous 5th exit/entrance for the slip road servicing Morrisons and other shops. This should be removed entirely or just an exit off the roundabout only. Drivers leaving Morrison direction have limited chance to pull off and eventuslly exit dangerously after getting frustrated. I'm guilty of this. In return a new entrance to Morrison from Barnet Lane/ Furzehill Riad should be created reducing the amount of cars even going onto the roundabout. Similar to how the petrol garage opposite. Maybe Mayor Strack should concentrate in resolving these permanent issues instead of complaint about a man who sells Christmas trees for 3 weeks of the year! DrHarris

11:59am Thu 13 Dec 12

deelennon says...

Hertsmere Council need to spend less time hitting the small businesses and concentrate on getting things right - Traffic lights at that roundabout is a must- not part time lights - the volume of traffic has increased over the years - i really dont know what the problem is about having traffic lights on this roundabout. Leave the poor guy alone - 3 weeks he is there for -let him earn a living and get off your soap boxes!!!
Hertsmere Council need to spend less time hitting the small businesses and concentrate on getting things right - Traffic lights at that roundabout is a must- not part time lights - the volume of traffic has increased over the years - i really dont know what the problem is about having traffic lights on this roundabout. Leave the poor guy alone - 3 weeks he is there for -let him earn a living and get off your soap boxes!!! deelennon

7:15am Fri 21 Dec 12

LadyTeacup says...

Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas!
Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas! LadyTeacup

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