B-Line Tree Removal

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Members of the public who wish to discuss the works are directed to contact the 24 hour project line on 1800 048 751.

Transport for NSW has advised that roadside tree removal and trimming work will take place along Military Road in Neutral Bay and Cremorne.

Transport for NSW has engaged Downer Mouchel to carry out tree removal and trimming work along Military Road to enable the new double decker B-Line bus to safely travel along the route. Work started on 25 September 2017 and will involve removal of selected trees and trimming of overhanging branches along Military Road between Hampden Avenue and Merlin Street in Neutral Bay, and between Hampden Avenue and Macpherson Street in Cremorne.

The expected completion date is 17 November 2017. Some of the work will be out of hours.

Transport for NSW notification re tree removal Neutral Bay (527KB)

Transport for NSW notification re tree removal Cremorne (202KB)

For further information, contact Transport for NSW on tel: 1800 048 751 (24 hours) or email: projects@transport.nsw.gov.au

 

Background

On 15 June 2017, Council received correspondence from Transport for NSW regarding proposed Clash Removal Works that will involve the removal of 34 kerbside trees within the North Sydney Council area and the trimming and lopping of an additional 21 trees. These works have been proposed because they may interfere with the new double-decker buses that will be delivered in the Northern Beaches B-Line program.

Council was asked to comment on the Arboricultural Impact Assessment Report for these proposed works (also referred to as “Package C1”) by 7 July. Our submission strongly objects to this large-scale tree removing action.

Council understands that these works will commence between July and September 2017. Some of the issues raised in our submission are:

  • the consultation period did not provide sufficient time to engage with Council and the community or provide enough time to investigate alternative tree management options.
  • the trees identified are located within St Leonards Park along Falcon Street as an “alternative route” for the proposed B-Line, however, Council has not received any information about this alternative route (we have asked Transport for NSW to provide details).
  • one of the trees identified in the clash removal work is of high heritage significance within St Leonards Park and any proposals that affect the park are subject to approval by the Heritage Council and no details of Heritage Council approval were provided.
  • the street trees along transport corridors ameliorate the environmental and amenity impacts of traffic; the estimated value of the street trees affected by the works is more than $1.4 million (figure based on urban forest modelling software).

The deadline for the Arboricultural Impact Assessment Report was given and responded to on short notice – the proposal will still be reported to the 24 July Council meeting and Council may resolve to provide additional comments in relation to this matter.

An assessment of the proposed clash removal works against the objectives of Council’s Tree management policies, LEP and DCP are detailed in Council's submission (1013KB).

A copy of the Arboricultural Impact Assessment Report (21MB) can be viewed here.

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Posted on 12 October 2017

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