Fallen tree points to poor care

I WAS interested to read the article by Emma Clayton in last week’s issue referring to some residents in Rome Road, Alfred Cove being shocked by the fall of a giant tree, and the circus of (non) events that had preceded that event.

This reminded me of an event on Riseley Street, Booragoon between Garden City and Leach Highway some weeks ago. On that occasion, a quite large number of tree lopping contractors (and associated vehicles) descended on the street on a Saturday morning (of all times) I understand to prune the trees on the central reservation.

This resulted in significant disruption to the traffic at that busy time of the week.

I had been concerned for some time as to the potential hazard of the large branches, which were overhanging both outer lanes of the carriageway in that area, and naturally assumed that something was going to be done about it.

Not so, the ‘pruning’ appeared to consist mainly of terminal branch trimming leaving the overhanging branches as a continued potential hazard to vehicles and pedestrians alike.

An email on this matter to Melville council resulted in an acknowledgement and promise of follow-up advice, which is still forthcoming.

I suspect that the trees in question, in both areas, are lemon-scented gums that I understand to be notorious for the unprovoked shedding of branches.

This is all rather unsatisfactory, and does little to inspire confidence in those charged with responsibility for such environmental matters.

DICK ROBINSON, Booragoon