Pointe-Claire, Que. Treehouse generates controversy as city claims structure is on public land
Pointe-Claire, Quebec resident Peter Ducree enjoys the fruits of his labor with the treehouse he built behind his home. The treehouse is used by neighborhood children, but the structure has become a lightning rod for controversy. Pointe-Claire ordered Ducree to dismantle the treehouse because authorities say it was built in a tree on public property. It’s a claim that Ducree disputes, saying he’s upset that city officials are ordering the treehouse to be taken down. ” I’m frustrated. I guess the kids are also devastated,” Ducree told Global News. Story continues under ad He asks, if there was a legal issue, why the inspectors didn’t notify him last summer when he was building the tree house. “They came by at least three times in the summer and why did they wait for it to be finished and that and give you two weeks to take it down in the middle of winter?” he asks. The mayor of Pointe-Claire insists that it is the responsibility of the owner to check with the city if a treehouse to be built is on private or public property. “You don’t need a permit to build a tree house. However, if you are planning to build a treehouse, you may want to make sure you are building on your own land,” Pointe-Claire Mayor Tim Thomas told Global News. Thomas insists he has no interest in ruining a pristine treehouse. . He says just take it apart and move it. “Our interest is not to prevent children from having fun or to destroy the tree house. Perhaps the best solution would be for the treehouse to be moved somewhere on the property of someone who is willing to put it on their property,” the mayor said. Ducree is willing to sign a legal waiver with the city and take all responsibility if anyone were to get hurt playing in the tree house. The story continues under the advertisement He prefers this option to removing it and rebuilding it somewhere else. “If I have to do it, I will. But you don’t want to, there’s been a lot of work in there,” he said. © 2022 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.