I was interested in your article about the Auckland City Council deciding to take away the right of community boards to decide on tree felling or pruning.
I belong to a community liaison group, comprising the Sanitarium factory, council officers and residents.
For nearly three years I have been very persistent about having a noncompliant tree which shades my home cut or pruned.
The tree is on Sanitarium factory land.
Because some residents did not want to see the silos the council officers refused to become involved.
The previous factory manager refused to apply for consent and two appeals to Mr Northey, who is our community board representative, elicited no response.
I even sent photos of the tree in dispute.
Fortunately Sanitarium has a new manager and the factory group liaison person has been to my house recently to assess my situation.
As a result factory management is applying for council consent to decide what should be done.
My biggest concern is that a decision will be made without an arborist coming out to see the tree in question.
It was decided in 1999 that most trees that did not comply with the conditions of consent of 1981 would be felled and native trees would be planted in their place.
Some of the old trees were left in place to protect the new natives, with the intention that they would be felled once the young trees were established.
The council arborists should have a record of this decision, but I doubt that they keep records.