Mayor Simon Landow said he was pleased the London Plane trees would remain on Argyle Street. Picture: Simon BennettThe fate of Picton’siconic London plane trees has been decided.
Wollondilly councillors have voted unanimously to keep the trees and allocated fundingfor maintenance work.
Mayor Simon Landow said he was pleased the council listened to the community after months of consultation.
“The trees are a part of Picton and we want them to stay,” he said.
“We now have a management plan in place to maintain the trees.
“We went above and beyond to seek feedback from residents.This is a win for the community.”
The council received 90 survey responsesduring the community consultation period.
About 84 per cent of peoplefelt the street trees were ‘very important’ and approximately 76 per centof people wanted to keep the trees.
Mr Landow said some residents believed the trees were a public safety risk because of the debris they dropped and posed a trip hazard.
Communications officer Julie Shipard said thetreesshed a large amount ofleaves and seedpods in the cooler months.
“They can cause damage to kerbs and paved surfaces from root growth, this can be seen in a number of locations,” she said.
“Their roots have the potential to damage to underground servicesandleaves and seedpods can also fill roof gutters and drains as well as the street drainage network.”
Ms Shipard said maintenance work would be carried out council staff and contactorsunder council direction.
“The most maintenance intensive period is late summer and autumn, while seed pods and leaves are shed,” she said.
Maintenance will include sweeping andblowing of footpaths up to three times per day during the cooler months, cleaning of drains and roads as required, the pruning of branches androotsand repairing kerbs, edging and paved surfaces.
The eight trees have been on Picton’s main street for more than three decades.
Councillor Michael Banasik said he did not want the trees to be removed.
“This is a good outcome forthe community.The trees are a beautiful part of Argyle Street,” he said.“Now we have tomaintain them.”
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