Community loses out

AS a resident present at Wednesday’s (08/05/13) council meeting in which a motion was passed by Councillors to delay the Merrigang St upgrade until next year, I wish to express a level of disappointment.

While it is commendable that a number of trees (which have been assessed as having a short lifespan by arborists due to structural issues and decay) have for the moment been saved, it is a shame that a great benefit to be enjoyed by residents, the local and wider community has for the moment been missed.

A number of the benefits I felt to flow from the project was: a quieter and safer street resulting from a new, narrowed road; a road that would not become a running river during torrential rain with improved storm water drainage, and healthy new species planted in place of the decayed plum trees that are constantly dropping branches and are a visual blight on the landscape outside of the two weeks a year in which they flower beautiful pink blossoms.

Trees have a natural lifecycle as we do, and I would personally welcome the planting of new trees with a bright future that I may not enjoy in the next 30 years, but my children and the next generations would in our heritage street.

At the heart of it may arguably have been poor communication on the part of council, but I do hope that all parties can work through this sensibly and we have not completely lost the opportunity to implement a welcome infrastructure upgrade.

Hannah Dozzi


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