Melville Times - - Opinion -

IN the Melville Coun­cil’s March is­sue of the Mo­saic, the head­line is: “The Fu­ture Con­tin­ues to Look Green in Melville”.

This is noth­ing more than pay­ing lip ser­vice to this im­por­tant is­sue.

The coun­cil is plan­ning to close down two com­mu­nity bowls cen­ters and pro­mote a wave park in Tomp­kins Park.

The com­mu­nity is out­raged at the loss of public open space and trees to make way for the wave park and the pro­posed ex­pan­sion at the Tomp­kins sports hub.

The ar­ti­cle states: "The process will seek ways to ad­dress the chal­lenges of man­ag­ing the con­tin­u­ing large scale loss of ma­ture back­yard trees from our ur­ban for­est”.

Surely the an­swer is ob­vi­ous – stop the in­ces­sant strata ti­tling and sub­di­vi­sion into ever-smaller blocks just for com­mer­cial gains.

Street trees un­der power lines have to be se­verely pruned.

Ac­cel­er­at­ing the in­stal­la­tion of un­der­ground power lines would pre­vent the need for this prac­tice.

De­cid­u­ous trees that let the sun in dur­ing win­ter and give shade dur­ing the sum­mer should be fos­tered where ever pos­si­ble.

Can we cre­ate an ur­ban for­est like en­vi­ron­ment sim­i­lar to one en­joyed say in Dalkeith?

Yes we can, if we are se­ri­ous about it. KARL KELERS, Al­fred Cove.

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