Nuisance trees in Lucindale to be removed

TREES TO GO: Three trees will be removed from Oak Avenue, Lucindale. Pic: NARACOORTE LUCINDALE COUNCIL AGENDA
TREES TO GO: Three trees will be removed from Oak Avenue, Lucindale. Pic: NARACOORTE LUCINDALE COUNCIL AGENDA

Three trees which have caused considerable trouble for a Lucinda resident will be removed.

The trees on the corner of Oak Avenue and Park Drive will be removed after resident John Pilmore finally had his request for removal granted.

He first asked for the trees to be removed four years ago, but that request was denied.

A report tabled to the council's Strategic Asset & Planning Committee earlier this month said the request stateD the trees are affecting rainwater quality and amenity of the resident's yard.

"Mr Pilmore wrote to Council in 2016 requesting the removal of the trees. Council declined the request for removal and pruned the trees," the report said.

At the Local Government Meeting on Tuesday, the recommendation put to the councillors was that the trees on Oak Avenue, Lucindale are not removed and the resident is advised of Council's decision.

However Deputy Mayor Craig McGuire urged councillors to consider voting against the proposed recommendation.

"I know there is gutter guard available, but it basically acts like a tea strainer - the amount of rubbish that those trees will put on that roof would be a constant nuisance," Cr McGuire said

"They are very close to the gutters.

"Personally I would want them removed and I think if you all ask yourselves, you would too.

"They are basically at their front door.

"I would urge you all not to vote for it"

Councillor Julie asked if the trees could be trimmed rather than removed but Manager Operations Daniel Willsmore said the height and location of the trees would make trimming them difficult.

The recommendation to leave the trees was originally moved and seconded, but they were withdrawn, with a recommendation to remove the trees then carried unanimously.