Busi­ness­man wants trees to go

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

A man who helped plant the large trees on Lo­gan St, now says they should be re­moved to make way for park­ing.

Footes Fur­nish­ings and Floor­ing owner David Foote wants the South Waikato District Coun­cil to re­move the large trees lin­ing the cen­tre of Lo­gan St where his busi­ness is lo­cated to make way for more park­ing.

Dur­ing the South Waikato District Coun­cil’s open may­oral fo­rum on Thurs­day, Foote, who helped plant the trees some 50 years ago, said the trees were park trees and with their large over­hang­ing branches they were no longer suit­able or safe to have in the cen­tre of a street.

With Toko­roa be­com­ing busier he said it made sense to re­move them and re­place them with an­gle park­ing and smaller trees.

‘‘We have got no park­ing limit signs here so I am wor­ried about the car park­ing,’’ he said.

‘‘I am sug­gest­ing get­ting rid of the trees from the po­lice sta­tion down to the main high­way and take a leaf out of Ro­torua’s book and have cen­tre car park­ing down Lo­gan St.’’

He said the nearby Com­merce St foot­path also needs to be cut back to make way for more parks.

‘‘That foot­path is about five or six me­tres wide and it could be cut back for car park­ing,’’ he said.

‘‘The trees are a nui­sance and they are too big for the street.’’ David Foote

‘‘In front of the po­lice sta­tion and cin­ema there should also be an­gle park­ing rather than par­al­lel be­cause that way you could fit more cars in.’’

Foote said the trees were also start­ing to lift up the road, block­ing street light­ing caus­ing se­cu­rity con­cerns, and shop own­ers were con­stantly hav­ing to do main­te­nance on their build­ings due to fall­ing leaves block­ing gut­ter­ing.

‘‘The trees are a nui­sance and they are too big for the street. Cam­bridge has got maples which are half the size and that is what we need here,’’ he said.

He said money from the coun­cil’s re­de­vel­op­ment project of Leith Pl should also be spend down the street.

‘‘They are do­ing the an­nual plan and bud­get now for next year and I know the Leith Pl re­de­vel­op­ment is not to­tally fi­nalised yet so they have got some money which they could bud­get to­wards this,’’ he said.

Mayor Jenny Shat­tock thanked Foote for his sug­ges­tions but no other com­ments were made by coun­cil­lors. Theft We had two trail­ers re­ported stolen this week, one of which had a boat on it, which is a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent for us.

The boat was an 18 foot tinny with a cab on it and the regis­tra­tion of the trailer it was on was F582B. If any­one has in­for­ma­tion about this call the sta­tion on 885 0100 or anony­mously via Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111. Fam­ily harm There were 19 re­ports of fam­ily vi­o­lence for the week, two of which re­sulted in ar­rests and charges be­ing laid.

Most of these were al­co­hol re­lated and we are get­ting up there with this num­ber but at the same time it is good to see peo­ple are call­ing us early be­fore things get too vi­o­lent.

The mes­sages here re­main the same- seek help and get out early if you find your­self in a volatile sit­u­a­tion and when it comes to the con­sump­tion of al­co­hol don’t drink if you get nasty, it’s that sim­ple.

Tip: If you are an ac­quain­tance of a vic­tim help by lis­ten­ing and be­ing sup­port­ive, en­sure they’re safe, and find com­mu­nity help.

*Se­nior sergeant Ja­son Hen­der­son


Toko­roa busi­ness owner David Foote is want­ing the trees in Lo­gan St re­moved to make way for more car parks.

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