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The evolving urban landscape

by brucemoon,

This is a frequently occurring landscape in the urban Tweed - once was scenically attracive is now becoming a wasteland.

The attached picture shows the last remaining street tree on Kennedy Drive. It was one of many dozen along the road. As most know, the potholed goat track has received funding for a new surface. Council decided that the new kerbing meant the trees had to go.

While the reasoning is contestable - there were other ways to address the new kerbing around the many dozens of mature trees - it is the decision not to replace the trees that impacts on the aesthetic.

For whatever reason, Council has decided that though Kennedy Drive has not been increased in width there can no longer be any street trees along Kennedy Drive.

While the American approach to traffic 'management' is to ensure there are no obstacles to vision, the result is that motorists feel unrestricted to speed. The European approach is the opposite. Let motorists speed on highways, but retain (any) vision restrictions on minor roads so that motorists feel disinclined to speed.

So, yet again, Tweed removes the aesthetic landscape from urban roads and motorists drive faster.

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Admin Commented Tweed Administrator over 4 years ago
Thanks for your input about the importance of vegetation in urban areas. The Scenic Landscape Strategy will seek to explore the range of factors that may result in vegetation loss, including Council’s role.
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