Kapiti Observer : January 14th 2013
Observer KAPITI MONDAY, January 14, 2013 Army life 99 full years, P9 Top flicks 2013 picks, P10 Editorial (04) 298 5019 -- Advertising (04) 298 5019 -- Fax (04) 298 2073 -- firstname.lastname@example.org -- www.kapitiobserver.co.nz Pulled down: The last of the macrocarpa trees alongside the water treatment plant is pulled down on Friday afternoon. Council cuts tree screen By BEN STRANG New view: Trees no longer block the view of the treatment plant for neighbour Owen Devereux. A Waikanae family are annoyed at the lack of warning and consul- tation over a shelter belt of trees pulled down last week at the Wai- kanae water treatment plant. More than 10 macrocarpa trees between the water treatment plant and Owen Devereux s prop- erty were felled on Thursday and Friday, with Mr Devereux saying he was only told on Thursday morning. The Kapiti Coast District Coun- cil said the trees roots were threatening the main water pipe. The trees were originally planted about 20 years ago, with Mr Devereux s father buying the trees, and the council agreeing to plant them on the water treat- ment plant side of the boundary fence. He said the trees blocked the view of the plant, its floodlights that shine overnight for security, and some of the noise coming from the plant. We paid 20 years ago to get the trees put in there, he said. We talked to [the] council about it then and they agreed to put it on their side of the fence. I wish we d put them on our side now. [The council] just don t listen to us people. I tried to talk to them about it after I found out [on Thursday] but they wouldn t have it, and now the trees have been pulled down. Council general manager of infrastructure services Sean Mal- lon said the trees were removed because of the risk they posed to the main water pipe heading into Waikanae and Paraparaumu. Damage to this pipe would jeopardise water supply to Para- paraumu and Waikanae com- munities, he said. The tree felling . . . has also cleared land so a solid wood fence can be built around the treatment plant to replace the existing deer fence. The council expects the fence to replace the trees and block noise and light from entering Mr Devereux s property. But Mr Devereux doubted that. It ll have to be a big fence. It would need to be about 20 metres tall to block it all off. That pipe only went under the tree in the corner, so that excuse doesn t make any sense to me. I just don t understand it at all. Mr Mallon said removal of the trees would also relieve Mr Devereux, who the council said had complained about the trees encroaching on his property. Mr Devereux said he would have been happy to pay half the cost of trimming the trees but was told it would cost too much by the council. It s only right that we d pay half, he said. It s quite funny that they then pulled them down, that could have paid for trimming the trees for 20 years. Removing the trees cost the council about $12,000, said Mr Mallon. The height of a planned fence would be determined at a later date. He said smaller trees would be planted inside the water treat- ment boundary and lights inside the plant would be redirected to restrict how much light shone into neighbouring properties.
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