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Central city trees set for the chop: NPDC meeting top takeaways

Local News
PUBLISHED: 1 SEP 2020

Alder trees on their way out

Italian alder trees in New Plymouth’s central city are to be given a major pruning, before they are eventually axed. The Mayor and Councillors at the 1 September Full Council meeting have voted to give all the trees a major prune in the next year, costing about $30k, and to then replace them with a more suitable tree when NPDC’s CBD Strategy is implemented. Business owners have been calling for the removal of the alders because of concerns they weren’t appropriate for the central city. A report said the central city strategy, feedback from the CBD 2050 Forum for a greener city and continued calls from businesses provided a perfect opportunity to rethink the alders.

Culvert fix-it work approved

The Mayor and Councillors have approved urgent repair work to fix a damaged stormwater culvert near State Highway 3. Independent engineers WPS says the 40 year old culvert on Waiwaka Terrace needs fixing to get it up to scratch. The culvert has partially collapsed and there is a risk it could collapse further and be a danger to people and property. The work is estimated to cost about $2.45 million and this is not budgeted in the current 10-Year Plan so will be paid for out of renewals reserves.

New charter for HMNZS Aotearoa

The newest and largest ever ship the Royal New Zealand Navy has ever operated, HMNZS Aotearoa, will have its home port in New Plymouth and NPDC is set to create a Charter to bind the ties between the ship and the District’s people. The Aotearoa replaces HMNZS Endeavour and is a Polar-class support ship with a crew of 64 and 11 flight crew who can operate a helicopter from the vessel. The Charter, approved by the Mayor and Councillors, is a formal declaration of the relationship between the HMNZS Aotearoa and the citizens, and allows the crew the freedom to parade through the district “with drums beating, colours flying, and bayonets fixed”.