Troublesome trees to be removed from car park

Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler at Allen Place car park. Photo: Megan Dunn
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Seven trees in Allen Place car park will be removed in response to trip hazards that have been identified as having potential to cause injury.

Penrith City Council will remove the trees after an assessment in the car park was undertaken by an independent arborist and Council’s Tree Preservation Officer who found a number of the trees to be in very poor health.

Penrith Mayor, Ross Fowler said the removal of the trees is a result of the risk they pose to the community using the car park.

“A number of trees in the Allen Place car park have affected the pavement with the roots of the trees lifting the car park surface,” he said.

“The uneven surface created by the roots has been identified as a trip hazard to people using the car park.”

The seven trees will be removed to address the trip hazard and associated risks and fencing will be placed around the base of the remaining trees which will enable them to be retained.

Following the removal of the trees, Council’s City Works Department will carry out pavement repairs.

To minimise impact on parking availability, the trees will be removed on Monday, September 7 and Tuesday, September 8 between 5.30am and 7.30am.

Compensatory planting will be carried out in a number of parks around the city to offset their removal and enhance overall tree canopy cover.

– Dale Drinkwater

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