Tree removal necessary for safer carpark

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Penrith Council will remove seven trees in Allen Place carpark in response to trip hazards that have been identified as having potential to cause injury.

An assessment of the trees in the carpark was undertaken by an independent arborist and Council's Tree Preservation Officer who found a number of trees to be in very poor health.

Mayor Ross Fowler OAM said the removal of the trees is a result of the risk they pose to the community using the car park.

"A number of trees in the Allen Place carpark have affected the pavement with the roots of the trees lifting the carpark surface," Cr Fowler said.

"The uneven surface created by the roots has been identified as a trip hazard to people using the carpark."

Seven trees will be removed to address the trip hazard and associated risks. Fencing will be placed around the base of the remaining trees which will enable them to be retained.

Following the removal of the trees Council's City Works Department will carry out pavement repairs

The trees will be removed on Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 September. The work will be done from 5.30am to 7.30am to minimise impact on parking availability. Compensatory planting will be carried out in a number of parks around the City to offset their removal and enhance overall tree canopy cover.

Information contained within this news release was correct as at Tuesday, 1 September 2015.