Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Pathetic excuse

An Auckland woman has been given 180 hours community service for chopping down a tree on her property. A representative of the council spoke to Larry Williams about this. He suggested their approach was rather zealous, to which she responded, if everybody was allowed to cut down trees imagine what the environment would look like, "We've seen the carnage."

Well isn't it strange that garden centres and nurseries are more popular than ever, that the environments where private homes predominate are more attractive, that so many people want to move onto lifestyle blocks, grow trees and protect their privacy. What a pathetic excuse for an outrage. What really motivates these people?

4 comments:

iiq374 said...

In fact gardening and planting trees is so popular that Garden Centres can open on outlawed days because they will still do more business than the fines... ;-)

iiq374 said...

We too are about to exercise our property rights to destroy 5 trees that are (luckily) just small enough to not need permits.

So that we can plant that whole section in natives rather than the ugly conifers that are there now. So what would the true advantage be of forcing us to keep the conifers if they happened to be 1m taller?

iiq374 said...

Of course something that is commonly missed in these discussions by both sides of the debate is that:

Permits for tree removal are actually the one permit that is free (in Auckland at least). If that fact alone was better known I think we would have less problems with people destroying trees without permits...

If a tree requires a permit to be felled that does not necessarily mean that permission will be denied - just that it needs to be reviewed.

Of course the result of the review process should either be an offer to buy the tree (and land easement) from the owner or permission to destroy. Not the current situation of land confiscation or permission to destroy...

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