Ludicrous tree-chop an urban assault
I SOMETIMES visit St Marys on my way to and from Sydney. Recently I had a shock driving down the main street of St Marys.
Removal of plane trees along footpaths at the train station end of Queen St looks like an inane waste of ratepayer money.
The vile aesthetic would appal urban environment scholar Elizabeth Farrelly – if she could be lured from trendoid inner-city haunts to lay eyes on this ugliness Penrith Council is hellbent on making.
Why, oh why, is council employing men to annihilate a row of European-style trees that have kept the streetscape bearable to witness for me as a visitor.
I know St Marys has suffered in latter years from the vampire-like Westfield mega-mall in Penrith. It sucks commercial activity out of more localised strip shopping areas into itself, but do the council have to magnify the slow death of a major street in its domain by rooting up council-planted trees barely 25 years in the growing?
Had ratepayers been given notice of this weird decision, and what is intended after the mass killing finishes?
Did any of locals, like the consultative panel reported by ( The Standard’s) journalist Ms Balding last September, actually request the tree removal mayhem? Do the street businesses approve of it?
What in hell are truly valid reasons for council to raze all trees along the thoroughfare? Do the dead leaves block too many drains in late autumn and winter?
Unless it’s the excuse of public safety at risk and the likelihood of insurance claims on council by people falling or slipping.
Can’t anyone these days take personal responsibility for their own lack of attention to where they step on footpaths? Sure, if a huge branch falls on someone after it is known and reported as a danger to life and limb, but otherwise, why pull down a mass of them keeping a main street attractive; or at least decent to the eye.
Penrith Council must answer for this ludicrous tree-lopping in an age that requires more and more trees to reabsorb CO2 from the air, and greenery to disperse fumes from buses and cars along a main street like that of St Marys.
Tree destruction in St Marys is a wanton, mindless act against that urban environment.
RUSSELL PINK, Leura