Thursday, 6 May 2010

Letter from Margaret


111 St James Avenue
Papanui
Christchurch

5 May 2010

Dear Fellow Residents

What a wonderful meeting we all had at the Upham Room in the RSA on Sunday. The unanimous vote to fight to save the trees was amazing, now we all move forward as one and that is a very powerful unit!

IF YOU HAVE NOT DONE SO RSVP TO THE WEDNESDAY 26 MAY COUNCIL MEETING you need to do so to take part.

We are truly lucky to have the services of tree surgeon Graeme Ford, this week he has climbed every tree in preparation for writing what will be the only truly independent report on the trees,. Alex Smith, NZHAS, has also been in the avenue testing soil and is to write a report to us.

We must not however rest on our laurels as this is a battle that has only just begun and looks set to continue for some time, your input is vital if we are to have a successful outcome, which is a good street upgrade with the trees remaining in grass.

Today I had a productive meeting with Ngaire Button, CCC Councilor for this area. Ngaire is going to work with us and was very approachable.

Councilor Button knows the swale system well; it's used extensively in the Timara Park subdivision so it will not be a foreign concept to the CCC.

Well done, who ever put up the white ribbons it makes the trees plight visible again. Thank you so much they look fantastic, a great public statement!

Letters, please get writing them; ask friends, family, workmates and any one else you can think of to write to JANE PARFITT, CCC General Manager City Environment, Christchurch City Council, PO Box 237, Christchurch, asking her to intervene to save our Memorial Oaks.

Other ideas? They are all welcome

Margaret Howley

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