Trees make way for car parks
A NUMBER of shade trees in the main Maclean car park have been sacrificed for additional car parking spaces.
As part of the Clarence Valley Council’s moves to increase the number of parking spaces in Cameron Park, a traffic island containing about five trees was removed by contractors early on Thursday.
Business owner Nicki Holmes said she understood the need for additional parking, but questioned the need to remove the trees.
“I think it was unnecessary,” she said.
“Surely, in this climate, we need all the shade we can get.
“We’ll now have more concrete, more heat, less beauty.
“We’ve lost something that is beautiful and useful.
“Everyone is saying ‘why did they have to knock the trees down?’
“I would be happy if they were going to plant more, but they won’t.”
Council deputy general manager Rob Donges said the trees were in the median strip and could not stay.
He said most were juvenile trees and it was impossible to keep them, but a larger palm tree had been relocated and transplanted.
“The fact of life is that there needed to be a compromise between parking and trees,” he said.
A drain was to be built where the trees were and it was not possible to put in more. The plan had been on public display.