Good to see that the Council is endeavouring to form a vision for the long term future of the city – no plan means one doesn’t have any influence on the future direction of the city’s evolution & problems arise as problems do & dealing with them at that stage gives a far inferior result than avoiding them in the first place by diligent planning.
Agreed: as stated in the article “trees absolutely define a town” & so, with that knowledge, we should have the resolve to end the apparent war that has been waged on our street trees. Observe the tortured trees all over the city courtesy of, firstly, poor choice of the types & placement of trees &, secondly, the unsympathetic approach to pruning to avoid power lines.
A solution to this could be to institute a staged, long term program of replacing overhead power lines with underground cables. Very expensive but, if done progressively, the cost could be managed & spread thinly enough to be acceptable. Perhaps residents could choose to opt in for a levy on their electricity bill to help fund the works.
Reformation of a Street Tree Committee with community representation – as tried in the 90’s – might also be worthy of consideration.