Tree report de­manded

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

South Waikato district coun­cil­lors have de­manded a full ar­borist’s report into the sick trees in Bridge Street.

Dur­ing last week’s com­mu­nity and as­sets com­mit­tee meet­ing, coun­cil­lors called for a full report on the risks around tree re­moval.

‘‘The rea­son for cut­ting down our trees is not be­cause as his wor­ship [mayor Neil Sin­clair] says peo­ple have to sweep up leaves, it is be­cause th­ese trees are not safe,’’ coun­cil­lor Brenda Watkins said.

There was also con­fu­sion as to which trees are to be re­moved with Mr Sin­clair say­ing: ‘‘As you walk down Bridge Street, Camp­bell Street and Lo­gan Street, we ac­tu­ally have 32 large trees.

‘‘If we are go­ing to say sev­eral of the large ones, I would like to know where.

Parks and prop­erty man­ager Greg Shaw said six trees are to be re­moved: two on ei­ther side of the Bridge and Man­ner­ing streets round­about and the two clos­est to SH1.

Sev­eral trees in Lo­gan Street are be­ing closely ob­served. Staff no­ticed is­sues with the trees in Bridge St in spring last year when they failed to flower, he said.

Ques­tions from coun­cil­lors about the tree re­moval have come af­ter they passed a mo­tion at the last coun­cil meet­ing in 2012 to have the af­fected trees felled.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive David Hall said there is a pub­lic safety is­sue.

Re­moval will be car­ried out in two months.

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