Maketu gum trees set for the chop
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 email@example.com