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”.