Trees not wanted in street
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.