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Upper Hutt Leader : December 7th 2011
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(04) 567 1578 Lyn's Lingerie Couple's plea: Save important trees Before and after: Two totara trees before they were felled, and the current view. By ROSEMARY McLENNAN Significant trees are being lost in Upper Hutt because of the city council's slowness to protect them, say a Trentham couple. Keith and Suzanne Watt have watched their neighbour fell two mature totara in the past fort- night, despite their efforts to save them. They now fear that many landowners will take advantage of a lack of protection and cut trees down while they can. The Watts moved to Ararino St 18 years ago. There were six large, old totara on the property next door where an elderly couple, the original owners, lived. They felled one because it was touching an extension to their house. The next owners upgraded the house and sold it to a family who felled another totara, which was also close to the house. In 2006 Mr Watt surveyed the neighbourhood and gave the coun- cil a list of local trees he thought worthy of official protection. Most were totara in Islington, Tawai and Ararino streets. He did not receive a reply to his submission so contacted mayor Wayne Guppy who replied, saying the council's Urban Growth Strat- egy has some very strong changes proposed''. These included protection of large native and exotic trees throughout the urban area, identifying trees that needed additional protection, and updating the schedule of protected trees on the district plan. When the house with (now four) felled totara changed hands, the Watts asked the new owners their plans for the trees. The neighbours were keen to cut the trees down. The Watts said the trees might be protected and asked the council to write to their neighbours. The Watts have a copy of the December 2009 letter which says the council was looking at ways it could encourage protection of trees such as the remaining totara. About three weeks ago another totara was felled. The Watts pleaded with the owner to stop and called the council. Last Monday the Watts met Mr Guppy and planning policy man- ager Mitch Lewandowski. I said, if you do nothing the other trees will come down','' Mr Watt says. They told us they would have something in place in February,'' Mrs Watt says. Mr Watt said Mr Lewandowski said he would make inquiries and call him back on Friday. On Wednesday another tree was cut down. Mr Watt says several sections in Stafford and Ararino streets have been subdivided and six two- storey units built. With more intensive subdivision of the area outlined in proposed plan change 18, the Watts fear the remaining trees could be cut and the land subdivided. The council now wants to remove part of Silverstream from a similar intensive subdivision proposal so the Watts have lodged a submission seeking removal of the area in Trentham, too. When approached by The Leader, the owner of the totara trees said the two felled recently had been identified by the council as too close to his house to protect. Tree roots had become a prob- lem since he moved in. He wanted to keep the remain- ing two trees and had no plans to subdivide. The council's director of environmental services, Richard Harbord, said the owner of the totara trees was legally entitled to fell them. His land was not within the con- servation and hills zones, nor were the trees on the notable tree list. But Mr Harbord said he could not find any evidence to support the man's claim the council had identified two trees as being too close to the house to protect. He was not aware of any cases where people were felling trees ahead of likely council protection. Mr Harbord said the process to look at trees around the city was taking time because officers had to reassess trees which were on the schedule, and trees suggested for protection by the public and themselves. In the new year he expected a list of trees for protection would be presented to council. The council would also revisit the boundaries of its conservation zone. Mr Harbord did not expect any major changes -- only minor ones if circumstances had changed. Any changes would be open to public submissions, he said.
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