SAVE OUR TREES - George Street, Thebarton
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The City of West Torrens has commenced a program to remove 16 trees in George Street. Despite the Council being presented with a petition signed by 643 residents calling for the trees to remain.
The Council claims to have adequately consulted the residents, however a survey of residents resulted in 26 responses:
- 12 supported the retention of the trees and keeping the road as is;
- 3 supported retaining maxiumum number of trees and narrowing the road; and
- 7 supported narrowing the road and maintaining a balance of trees (removal of 16 trees).
The fact is only 7 residents on George Street agreed with the removal of the trees. Please support the residents to keep their trees in what is a busy and industrial suburb. Please sign the petition.
Below is a letter written and sent to the City of West Torrens today:
Dear Anthony, Graham and Tony
I am a resident on George Street Thebarton and the tree in front of my house is due to be cut down. I have not been consulted on this and yet I am the one that will be directly affected. I have lived in this house for 6 years and enjoyed the tranquility and shade the tree provides on a daily basis on what is a very busy street. It definitely adds to the aesthetics of my house, I look out of my bedroom window every morning and night and the tree gives me great peace, provides shade during the heat of our summers and makes the noise of the street tolerable. I don't feel like I am living in an industrial area and it separates my end of George Street with the business side - it makes it residential, which is good for the housing market. The Council's plan suggests it will be removed for a car space, I certainly don't need one and by creating parking spaces in front of every other house will limit the overall parking available in our street, this will affect the people who regularly attend the Greek Church, especially the older members who will have to park further away. Please leave my tree - I agree the traffic needs to be limited in the street, there have been countless times I thought cars screaming down the street would come through my house. The roundabout is a good idea as the intersection of George and Dew is difficult.The only consultation I have had was Anthony knocking on my door on Wednesday, however I am recovering from appendix surgery and was not up to having the conversation.From a financial perspective it will cost the Council more money to remove the tree and create a parking space. It makes no sense. Please don't cut down my tree. I look forward to your response - this letter will be posted on Facebook and Change.org.
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