Work on trees to eliminate hazard

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by Chris Tobin

Trees in central Temuka are to receive some attention to get at the root of a safety hazard.

As part of the CBD refresh it was found that the worst paver areas were surrounding existing street trees.

“As a result it is proposed that the trees be treated appropriately and at the same time the hazardous paver areas around the trees also be addressed,” Timaru District Council land transport manager Andrew Dixon said in a report to this week’s Temuka Community Board meeting.

Each of the 52 trees had been assessed by council parks officer Gary Foster and land transport officer Simon Davenport, and treatment options identified, Mr Dixon said.

“It is considered that as many of the existing trees as possible should remain, to retain streetscape that they valuably contribute towards.

“However, it was noted that most of the trees require canopy shaping to create as much sizing consistency as possible,” Mr Dixon said.

The main issue was tree roots caused pavers to lift and become tripping hazards, he said.

“Although the trees were originally planted with root barriers, some trees have had roots break out of these.

“It is considered that the paver tiles should be lifted and the problem tree roots be removed to restore a smooth footpath surface.

“This has been successfully completed in Geraldine.”

The assessment also identified that metal grates could no longer be used around some trees as the position and size of the trees had caused them to rise.

It was proposed those trees be surrounded by resin-bound permeable paving.

Other recommendations included replacing the missing tree on the kerb near the Temuka Hotel, replacing the tree near Orient Express, removing the tree at the corner of Domain Ave and King St, putting in two trees near VIP’s Mini Mart, removing a tree in Wood St, replacing the tree near Pivotal Irrigation, replacing the golden ash tree outside Laser Electrical, replacing two trees near the NZ Post shop, removing the totara tree outside the ANZ and removing the totara tree near the Royal Hotel.

The board considered two options – endorsing the recommendations or identifying and confirming alternative treatment options for the trees.

A stakeholder meeting was held and discussions held with business owners regarding the trees.