Felled trees be­long to club

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As I was un­avail­able for com­ment in the re­cent ar­ti­cle in the Newslink (‘Dis­pute par­ties stumped’, Septem­ber 28) re­gard­ing the cut­ting down of trees at the Rivers­dale Golf Club, I would like to com­ment now.

These poplar trees were es­tab­lished by our found­ing mem­bers in the late 1960s. They are our main wind-break­ing shel­ter belt that pro­tects the course and golfers from the se­vere south and south­west winds and is ap­prox­i­mately 550 me­tres long.

The golf club has oc­cu­pied the land that these trees are on since 1965 and they are an in­te­gral part of our course and be­long to the club. Three of these trees, as re­ported, were cut down by con­trac­tors em­ployed by our neigh­bour, Mr Brian Dil­lon, be­fore they could be stopped by lo­cal club mem­bers, who were no­ti­fied by a con­cerned lo­cal res­i­dent.

The trees are not Dil­lon’s land.

No con­sent was given by the golf club to cut down any trees, and we would have lost around 40 trees in to­tal if mem­bers and the po­lice hadn’t in­ter­vened.

The golf course is on ru­ral land which has no height re­stric­tions on Mr and at no stage was the club ap­proached as to its views on re­mov­ing or top­ping these trees prior to Mr Dil­lon pur­chas­ing the land or build­ing his house where he has.

It was only when the house was al­most com­pleted that he told us what we had to do and what he wanted, due to the fact that the trees were shad­ing his prop­erty.

For the last five years the club ex­ec­u­tive has main­tained a very con­sis­tent stance of not be­ing will­ing to al­low these trees to be re­moved or topped, and have ex­pressed the ra­tio­nale be­hind this stance to Mr Dil­lon on sev­eral oc­ca­sions.

As well as pro­vid­ing es­sen­tial shel­ter, these trees also add aes­thetic beauty to the course and hold spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance to both our past and cur­rent mem­bers. Deb­bie Schriek, Pres­i­dent Rivers­dale Golf Club

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