The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Thurs­day, Au­gust 18, 1966 —The Deputy Mayor, Clr WR Kin­ley­side, reg­is­tered a lone dis­sent­ing vote yes­ter­day when Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil agreed that 115 street trees in Fort Street be­tween 15th Av­enue and 11th Av­enue should be dug out.

The rec­om­men­da­tion came from a joint meet­ing of the Town and Lands and Works Com­mit­tees, which also rec­om­mended that in this sec­tion of Fort Street there should be par­al­lel park­ing. The Coun­cil agreed to this also.

Clr Kin­ley­side said: “I have trav­elled up this street at peak hours. I think it is an ab­so­lute shame to pull down those trees” .

Clr EO Munn said that, much as he dis­liked re­mov­ing trees, “this City must face up to the fact that in the near fu­ture all trees in the City cen­tre will be re­moved — as is the case in other cities”.

Clr S Jos­sel: “The traf­fic in cy­cles over this street is very se­vere. Th­ese trees are old tim­ber, not trees any­more”.

Clr Max Lo­gan, chair­man of the Works Com­mit­tee: “I am very sorry to hear Clr Munn’s re­marks. I agree to the re­moval of the trees in this sec­tion ba­cause they have just be­come white ant ma­te­rial.

“But I would hope we never scrap all our lovely trees. They have been planted with lov­ing care and they pro­vide a great deal of shade.

“As an ex-ar­chi­tect, I say they re­lieve the monotony and harsh­ness of struc­tures.

“I hope we will never see the day when we take the axe to all our trees”.

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