Mayor’s Walk: Concern over ‘destructive’ act

2011-08-02 00:00

THE trees on the verge of Mayor’s Walk, planted by Ward 26 councillor Glenn McArthur, were snapped off three weeks ago.

A concerned Witness reader wrote to the newspaper and expressed his disgust over the person who committed this “destructive” act.

Msunduzi spokesperson Brian Zuma said his office does not know anything about the incident and nothing has been reported to the municipality.

McArthur said that due to the fact that he has no means of watering the trees artificially and depends on the rain, he will only be able to replant some of the trees this spring.

“The majority of trees will still grow.

“Others need pruning but doing that will inhibit them considerably, as they will sprout out into bushes prior to having being to be re-trimmed into trees at a later stage.

“It will probably set them back about two years,” said McArthur.

McArthur told The Witness that at least 50% of these trees have already been replaced over the past three years due to vandalism.

The councillor also criticised the municipality for closing down the municipal nursery and leaving the council with “no budget for the purchase or planting of street trees”.

McArthur added, “I have therefore together with other individuals in the ward taken it upon ourselves to establish a maintenance and renewal project in the ward.”

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