Maketu gum trees set for the chop

Te Puke Times - - NEWS -

Sev­eral tall gum trees bor­der­ing Te Arawa Ave in Maketu are to be felled in De­cem­ber for safety rea­sons.

Western Bay of Plenty Dis­trict Coun­cil would be clos­ing ac­cess for all pub­lic traf­fic from 195 Arawa Ave to Bledis­loe Park Ave from Mon­day, De­cem­ber 10 to Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15, 6am to 6pm.

The felling will be un­der­taken by WestLink and Bax Con­trac­tors.

The trees have be­come a safety haz­ard due to limbs fall­ing on to the road.

There have been two se­ri­ous mo­tor ve­hi­cles ac­ci­dents caused by cars crash­ing at night into fallen branches on the road.

Sev­eral of the trees were blown down dur­ing the cy­clones Deb­bie and Cook in April 2017.

Maketu Com­mu­nity Board chair­man Shane Beech said it would be a re­lief to ev­ery­one to get rid of the trees.

‘‘Many res­i­dents have been wor­ried about the tree’s safety and some peo­ple won’t drive along Arawa Avee for that rea­son,’’ he said.

The trees were planted at least 100 years ago by the Te Puke Dairy Com­pany for the pur­pose of pro­vid­ing fire­wood to use for the com­pany’s boil­ers.

■ The pub­lic no­tice of the pro­posed road clo­sure of Te Arawa Av­enue for the tree felling was open for pub­lic ob­jec­tion. Any­one wish­ing to ob­ject can do so in writ­ing be­fore Oc­to­ber 24. Ob­jec­tions can be emailed to cus­tom­erser­vice@west­ern­

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