De­ci­sion time for trees on What­ley

Eastern Reporter - - News - Kristie Lim

BAYSWA­TER Coun­cil will make a call on the pro­posed re­moval of four trees on What­ley Cres­cent this week, as part of the For­rest­field Air­port Link works.

The project in­volves the con­struc­tion of a train line con­nect­ing For­rest­field to the city, which is ex­pected to be com­pleted in 2020.

The pro­posed re­moval of trees from the What­ley Cres­cent road re­serve is part of the con­struc­tion of a prin­ci­pal shared path east of the King Wil­liam Street in­ter­sec­tion.

Con­trac­tors Salini Im­pregilo-NRW Joint Ven­ture plans to plant 72 re­place­ment trees, in­clud­ing Ago­nis flex­u­osa, Cal­lis­te­mon Vim­i­nalis and eu­ca­lyp­tus trees.

The coun­cil voted 7-2 to de­fer its de­ci­sion un­til tonight’s coun­cil meet­ing at the Novem­ber 20 com­mit­tee meet­ing.

This will al­low con­trac­tors to in­ves­ti­gate in­te­grat­ing bikes on the street and speak with Metronet about its Bayswa­ter train sta­tion up­grade plans.

Mayor Dan Bull, who moved the de­fer­ral mo­tion, said safety for cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans on the pro­posed path needed to be bet­ter in­ves­ti­gated.

“We know that there are road calm­ing de­vices al­ready in this area and trees have al­ready been planted, so I sus­pect there would be some level of ap­petite from res­i­dents in re­la­tion to those changes,” Cr Bull said.

Salini Im­pregilo in­ter­face man­ager Robin Or­ton said the Pub­lic Trans­port Author­ity would re­move 10 trees on its land.

Mr Or­ton said the orig­i­nal de­sign in 2016 had 50 trees to be cleared be­fore the num­ber was re­duced fol­low­ing two years of con­sul­ta­tion with the City.

“Part of what we are do­ing is pro­vid­ing a new shared path along the verge of What­ley Cres­cent for all users of the com­mu­nity, not just cy­clists,” he said.

“The path is due to open next year.”

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