Trees not wanted in street

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

I AM writ­ing to ex­press my ex­treme dis­ap­point­ment in the lack of fore­sight in plant­ing of a se­ries of plane trees all along An­der­son Street without local res­i­dents’ con­sid­er­a­tion and con­sul­ta­tion.

I have only lived in Euroa for six months and un­for­tu­nately I have an es­tab­lished plane tree on my nature strip that has only caused me grief since I moved here.

If I had known how much work was in­volved in clean­ing up their leaves in au­tumn I would never have bought this house.

I hon­estly spent two to three days a week rak­ing leaves, clear­ing spout­ing and call­ing the coun­cil to come and re­move them, within an hour of clear­ing the spout­ing and rak­ing the nature strip it was as if I had not even done any­thing, the amount of leaves that come off these trees is un­be­liev­able and these leaves don’t break down which leads to stormwa­ter and drainage prob­lems.

The roots of the ex­ist­ing plane trees in An­der­son Street are al­ready do­ing dam­age to the gut­ter­ing in the area.

A bit more thought and seek­ing pro­fes­sional ad­vice might have been done be­fore rush­ing in and plant­ing this type of tree.

An­der­son Street is a main thor­ough­fare and it is dan­ger­ous enough for local res­i­dents to mow their nature strips which ex­tend very close to traf­fic let alone hav­ing to pile up the huge amount of leaves that these trees will drop on the nature strips but also block­ing the road­side drains in flood prone Euroa.

Is the coun­cil go­ing to do the clean­ing up of leaves to pro­tect the res­i­dent’s safety?

I know that these trees are at­trac­tive in sum­mer but that does not com­pen­sate for the months of clean­ing up af­ter them in au­tumn.

I bet that the peo­ple who made the de­ci­sion to plant these trees don’t have one on their nature strips.

With all of the beau­ti­ful trees that are avail­able these days I am sure a much bet­ter choice could have been made.

These are com­ments from a cou­ple of my neigh­bours when I told them about the type of trees that have been planted were “thanks you have just ru­ined my day” and “you can­not put brains in mon­u­ments”. Michael Gouge, Euroa.

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