Eden Hill: calls to remove tree warning sign


Cameron Webster says the warning sign near the damaged tree blocks his line of vision as he drives out of his driveway.           d465829
Cameron Webster says the warning sign near the damaged tree blocks his line of vision as he drives out of his driveway.         d465829

A SIGN warning against further vandalism of a damaged tree on Wicks Street in Eden Hill is a considered a “dangerous risk” to some residents, but the Town of Bassendean chief executive says the sign will remain.

Resident Cameron Webster said the sign was placed next to the damaged tree outside his property almost two years ago.

“With the tree and the sign, there is just no visibility down the street,” he said.

“The tree is quite obviously alive and the sign is posing a risk when we pull out of our driveway, for me and a few houses in my neighbourhood.

“A couple of times, I’ve backed out and kids on bikes were flying past.”

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Mr Webster said the sign was a “safety hazard” and should be removed.

“Residents just want the sign gone, no one has a problem with the tree. They could do a bit more maintenance to make sure branches do not drop off,” he said.

Mr Webster has contacted the Town several times about removing the sign.

Chief executive Bob Jarvis said the sign would remain until the tree fully recovered.

“The Town is aware of the situation and engineers have viewed the sign location, assessed the line of sight issue and found the sight line sufficient and safe,” he said.

“The Town’s arborist has assessed the health of the tree, and the tree is returning to a healthy condition and causing no issues to residents apart from the resident (who sent in the complaint).”

Mr Jarvis said the tree was more than 50 years old and was not eligible for removal under council policy.