Trees saved

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Res­i­dents fight­ing against the re­moval of six West­ern Springs po­hutukawa trees are thrilled with an Auck­land Trans­port de­ci­sion to back down. The group of ma­ture trees op­po­site Mo­tat was sched­uled to be cut down to make way for the St Lukes mo­tor­way in­ter­change project ( Auck­land City Har­bour News, Fe­bru­ary 18). Tree sup­port­ers were pre­pared to take the mat­ter to the En­vi­ron­ment Court. But on Fri­day Auck­land Trans­port board di­rec­tors re­jected a rec­om­men­da­tion from coun­cil plan­ning com­mis­sion­ers to fell the trees. Grey Lynn res­i­dent and Trans­port Blog edi­tor Pa­trick Reynolds is de­lighted. ‘‘The board showed wis­dom and lead­er­ship and went fur­ther than sim­ply say­ing they’d save the trees. They said they re­quired a to­tal re­design that was much bet­ter for public trans­port, cy­cling and walk­ing.’’

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