David McKinnon hits out over removal of small tree on King George V Ave

NOT HAPPY: David McKinnon hits out over the loss of a young tree on King George V Ave.
NOT HAPPY: David McKinnon hits out over the loss of a young tree on King George V Ave.

AN ADVOCATE for an iconic Tamworth road has been left “absolutely peed off” that a small tree was allowed to be removed from King George V Ave.

A small tree was removed near the entrance of a veterinary business on the avenue, prompting resident and arborist David McKinnon’s call to “raise the standard of protection for community trees”.

Mr McKinnon claimed the tree was removed prior to notifying council, which isn’t in line with Tamworth Regional Council’s urban tree removal policy.

“Hopefully, this doesn’t lead to a carte blanche attitude across the town,” he said.

“It’s not a good standard.”

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In a written statement, council’s outgoing director of planning, Peter Thompson, said residents must seek permission to remove a tree from a road reserve.

“Council staff investigated the removal, and determined the tree was not one of the heritage significant English Oak trees,” the statement said.

“The removal was undertaken to improve access to a local business and does not impact on the heritage listing in the avenue.

The Tamworth Equine Veterinary Centre declined to comment.