Trees make winter misery
A bylaw for sunlight is needed in Tokoroa so that tall trees do not shade the properties in winter.
To clean up the air in Tokoroa the council must look at all options.
If I have a noise problem I phone the council and a person will take away offending equipment.
If as a resident I have a dog problem the council will come and remove a dog breaking bylaws.
If I find smoke bellowing from an unpermitted fired then the council will come and close that fire down.
But if I am cold and shaded by an overgrown tree planted in 1965 in Tokoroa, 30m high (lamp post 12m), in winter the council cannot address the land owner with a bylaw. Why?
These trees are past their useby date. Not to act is the height of council darkness and coldness to the community. B Zwart Tokoroa 1980s and 90s – our population decreased and our ageing increased.
Coal disappeared, wood still prevailed but with the evergrowing age of the general public and the unavailability of wood, heat pumps came into being and I wonder now at the ratio of heat pumps to wood fires.
To say wood fires are detrimental to our way of life is quite ridiculous.
Perhaps the members could consult the doctors in Tokoroa; they may even tell you the wood smoke here does not cause the illnesses we have, but maybe they are a result of genetics and even self infliction by way of bad diet practices.
As pensioners we would find it extremely hard to reverse our heating situation. We have planned our life and assets to cover our old age and we do not need nor can afford (to extend our budget) no matter how much you pretty it up with a small grant. Why should we go into debt at our age.
We have a 30-year-old Juno wood fire which reportedly burns the particles out of its own smoke – it has been well maintained and naturally we burn dry firewood. Are we to be punished because some people don’t?
How is it you expect all of New Zealand to have virtually the same percentage of so-called clean air when it is obvious that the cities would greatly surpass.
Please common sense prevail instead of trying to outdo any other council in a race for clean air. L Whale Tokoroa