Prob­lem tree

Auckland City Harbour News - - Letters - EL­IZ­A­BETH GOLDSWOR­THY Royal Oak

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.

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