Trees mutilated in Hillcrest

2016-05-03 06:00
Photo: supplied The tree that was cut down on Old Main Road.

Photo: supplied The tree that was cut down on Old Main Road.

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THE Keep Hillcrest Beautiful Association are up in arms over the mutilation of Erythrina trees on the corner of Old Main and Kassier roads, which occurred last weekend.

KHBA chairperson Marge Mitchell said this is another example of a shop owner, who desiring clear views of the shop, has no regard for the environment.

“This follows hot on the heels of a shopping centre cutting down numerous trees in order to expose advertising panels on the building,” she said.

“Also some two years ago [another business] chopped down a number of trees to expose its premises, to the detriment of the village’s environment.”

Mitchell said that the by-laws of the eThekwini Municipality state inter alia “No person may climb, break or damage a tree in a public place. If convicted there is an applicable fine of R40 000.”

“It begs the question – do the owners of these premises live in the area?

“If they do then it stands to reason that they will have the interests and the aesthetics of the village at heart and would not, therefore, destroy the environment merely to expose their shops.”

She said that businesses should take notice of the Pick n Pay centre and Lillies Quarter that have taken the village’s beauty into consideration and their centres are enhanced by the cultivation of trees at their centres.

“It appears that their patronage is in no way affected by the cultivation of trees on their property,” she concluded.

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