26 Eric Road Artarmon NSW 2064.

Removal of 2 trees

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(Source: Willoughby City Council, reference TVPA-2023/120)


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  1. Gustavo Carbonell commented

    Agree with his application. These trees have been wrongly planted in the narrow space of a retention wall. Now they have grown massively, they are putting pressure on the structure, and if not removed, they can produce damage to the retention wall and further damage to nearby houses.

  2. Maria commented

    There are 2 well established native gum trees that shouldn't be removed because of a retaining wall that is not even adjacent to the structure of the building and which will not cause any damage to nearby houses or even the building itself.
    I would like to really understand what structure these trees are really putting pressure to?
    The retaining wall is simply a garden retaining wall. I am sure that the strata can work out an alternative solution to the landscape of their common garden in order to preserve these 2 native trees (instead of favouring an old garden retaining wall). It is appalling that the strata just takes the short cut of killing 2 well established gum trees. This request must be rejected.

  3. Gustavo commented

    Unfortunately, the two trees have been planted on the retaining wall retaining soil, and they are just centimetres from the retaining wall. There was no planning on how big these trees will grow in the narrow space. Please see the pictures attached. And no, it is not an old garden type of construction. The retaining wall is needed nowadays, making it function to support several metres of land with the neighbouring property, and it is at least 2 metres high. Now these trees are putting too much pressure on the wall with the danger of damaging the construction itself. If the retaining wall is damaged, there is a real danger of a landslide, further damaging the adjacent house's dwelling. In addition, removing the trees is part of the remediations to a construction engineer's report, which identifies this problem. At the most, this retaining wall space can be filled with a bush type of plant. Replacements of the two native trees could be planted in the actual garden.

  4. Maria commented

    This request must be carefully considered by the council. Whilst there's an engineering report provided by the strata ( favouring them) the council needs to do their own due diligence. I also cannot see an environmental report in the submission, only an engineering one that will naturally favour a construction over native nature.

  5. Gustavo commented

    These trees were not there before the construction. They are native spices, but I would not consider them "native nature". They were planted after the construction of the retaining wall, and obviously, they are the wrong type of trees for the case. At the most, this retaining wall space can be filled with a bush type of plant. Nobody will be asked to remove trees if this is not needed to preserve the integrity of properties. Therefore, it is not for cosmetic or arbitrary reasons. This is addressing a major issue with house dwellings being affected. The structural engineer report was commended due to the gravity of the damages already done by the roots in the neighbour's nearby house. Replacements of the two native trees could be addressed by planting new ones in the actual garden soil.

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