Residents pleased with tree removal

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The closure of Gore’s Joseph St had residents rejoicing on Monday.

The street is closed from 8am to 4pm while the removal of the silver birch trees, which lined the street, takes place.

Residents have been asking the Gore District Council to remove the trees since early last year.

Joseph St resident Clarence Stevenson said the removal of the trees was a “really good battle won”.

“This was something we wanted done for a long time,” Mr Stevenson said.

The trees had caused problems for residents.

“We had blocked drains from them and lots of leaves in spoutings. They were too big as well .. it’s known all over New Zealand that they [silver birches] are a health hazard,” he said.

The Gore District Council announced the removal of the trees on social media on Friday.

“Just a heads up that Joseph St will be closed, between Frank and St Andrews streets, next Monday (8 January) from 8am to 4pm,” the GDC wrote on social media.

“It is to allow contractors to remove all the silver birch trees as requested by residents,” it said.

Gore Parks and Recreation manager Ian Soper said the removal of the trees was part of a process with residents which had involved community input.

“There was a lot discussion with community involvement .. and we are now at the extraction stage.”

“The timing always hinged on the ability of the contractors and also when it would create the least disturbance. Now seemed like the best time as there are people away,” Mr Soper said.

Overall, the result was a good one based on the community input.

The extraction of the trees would “be dependent on the contractors” and could take up to three days, he said.