Council seeks melia tree feedback

Concerns of slip and trip hazard for pedestrians.

Concerns of slip and trip hazard for pedestrians.

Melia trees in Palmerston Road scheduled to be removed and replaced. File picture by Rebecca Grunwell

SIX melia trees in the central city will need to be removed in the next 10 years and Gisborne District Council wants public feedback.

The trees line Palmerston Road between Bright Street and Peel Street and are considered a significant part of the streetscape within this area of town, said recreation and amenity operations manager Dion Ahern.

Of the seven melia trees along the footpath, the one outside the St John Ambulance building is considered hazardous and needs to be removed immediately.

“The remaining six trees are what we are consulting with the public on,” Mr Ahern said.

“Over the past few years, nearby businesses and members of the public have raised concerns that the trees are creating a slip and trip hazard for pedestrians.

The trees are about 40 years old and were not planted with any root guards, so the roots are beginning to lift parts of the footpath.

“They drop large quantities of small hard berries from winter through to summer that are slippery.

“While we’ve increased sweeping and cleaning in the area, due to the volume of berries, this hasn’t alleviated the concerns.”

The council is consulting with businesses in the area and is asking the community what action to take.

“Should we remove them all now, leave them alone or do something else?”

The council has no budget to replace the street trees this year. A district-wide street tree plan is being drafted for public feedback later in the year.

The plan will determine how trees in community spaces are renewed and maintained, as well as how and what kind of trees are planted.

People can let the council know what should happen to the trees by Monday, February 13 by completing the form on the GDC website or calling 06 867 2049.

SIX melia trees in the central city will need to be removed in the next 10 years and Gisborne District Council wants public feedback.

The trees line Palmerston Road between Bright Street and Peel Street and are considered a significant part of the streetscape within this area of town, said recreation and amenity operations manager Dion Ahern.

Of the seven melia trees along the footpath, the one outside the St John Ambulance building is considered hazardous and needs to be removed immediately.

“The remaining six trees are what we are consulting with the public on,” Mr Ahern said.

“Over the past few years, nearby businesses and members of the public have raised concerns that the trees are creating a slip and trip hazard for pedestrians.

The trees are about 40 years old and were not planted with any root guards, so the roots are beginning to lift parts of the footpath.

“They drop large quantities of small hard berries from winter through to summer that are slippery.

“While we’ve increased sweeping and cleaning in the area, due to the volume of berries, this hasn’t alleviated the concerns.”

The council is consulting with businesses in the area and is asking the community what action to take.

“Should we remove them all now, leave them alone or do something else?”

The council has no budget to replace the street trees this year. A district-wide street tree plan is being drafted for public feedback later in the year.

The plan will determine how trees in community spaces are renewed and maintained, as well as how and what kind of trees are planted.

People can let the council know what should happen to the trees by Monday, February 13 by completing the form on the GDC website or calling 06 867 2049.

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