Tree report demanded
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.