Law change

Central Leader - - LETTERS -

I am writ­ing to fol­low up on the let­ter from Mike How­ell of Mt Roskill about the felling of a sig­nif­i­cant Po­hutukawa tree at 2 Gle­n­arm Rd, ( Cen­tral Leader, July 3).

I have checked re­gard­ing the process for any coun­cil con­sent to chop down this tree and un­for­tu­nately it ap­pears that a con­sent was not even needed.

This is a di­rect re­sult of changes made to the Re­source Man­age­ment Act by cen­tral Govern­ment, which saw an end to blan­ket tree pro­tec­tions in Auck­land.

Prior to that the Gle­n­arm Rd tree may have been pro­tected due to size or age, but once that law change was made trees need to be in­di­vid­u­ally iden­ti­fied for pro­tec­tion and it ap­pears this one was not.

Sadly that is not sur­pris­ing as there was a very low num­ber of trees pro­tected in our com­mu­nity prior to the law change.

I agree with Mr How­ell that trees are an im­por­tant part of our en­vi­ron­ment and our sense of space, and am dis­ap­pointed that the law change has made trees more vul­ner­a­ble rather than more val­ued.

I en­cour­age any­one in­ter­ested in pro­vid­ing greater pro­tec­tion to our ur­ban for­est to keep an eye out for the rel­e­vant pro­pos­als in the Uni­tary Plan when it is no­ti­fied later in the year and con­sider sub­mit­ting; to speak up for the trees, who af­ter all can­not speak for them­selves. night­mare with cars still turn­ing from both the cen­tre and right lane out of New North Rd.

Auck­land Trans­port needs to lift its game by mak­ing th­ese lane changes more ob­vi­ous be­fore some­one is in­jured.

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