Two sanctions li eover the head of the Mayor of Nemi, a small town, in the province of Rome, for an amount of around 2 thousand and 300 Euros for having permitted the chopping down of tree s in via De Sanctis, in Nemi without regular authorisations. The Forest Rangers of Velletri sent the fine to the Municipality. Moreover, the Office of the Prosecuter in Velletri, is assessing whether the municipalità is liable to other offences. It has been proved that even the preventive authorisations which had to be released by the Regional Park Board of Castelli Romani, were missing. In short, the mayor acted violating the most elementary regulations stipulated by the region and Park board, further burdening the municipal coffers of Nemi, which has just overcome heavy debts in its balance sheets.
It was the consumer association, ‘Assotutela’ to lauch the alarm and to realise that the trees had bee chopped without a regular go-ahead permission from the Regional Park of Castelli Romani and in direspect of the regional law 39 of 2002: “If the mayor had complied to the regular procedure – states Ivan Galea, head of Roma nord and Castelli Romani Assotutela – the chopping would most likely have been approved even though according to our opinion, they could just as well have pruned and not completely chopped the vegetation which is part of our natural heritage which is up to us to protect.
Translation provided by Marina Stronati