Good riddance to ‘scraggy’ trees

STUMPED: 79 year-old Bill Willoughby is happy the Bishopdale Village Mall blue gum trees have been removed. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER

Some residents are not sad to see eight blue gum trees around Bishopdale Village Mall felled.

Burnside’s Bill Willoughby, 79, said he was pleased the trees had finally got the chop.

“The city council have done the right thing, they were getting a bit scraggy,” he said.

As a regular shopper at the mall, he said it had really tidied the place up.

The trees were felled recently because of their poor health, structural condition and the
risk they presented to the
public. The Bishopdale Business Association expressed concern after a limb fell and wrote off a parked car last year.

Debris from the trees was also an additional burden for businesses in the mall causing regular maintenance issues.

Appropriate replacement trees will be planted in consultation with mall businesses.