Pine trees in Western Springs will come down tomorrow, despite late plea from local councillor

Auckland Council is proceeding with emergency provisions to start felling 13 pine trees in Auckland’s Western Springs tomorrow, despite opposition from locals with the backing of local councillor Mike Lee.

Lee has emailed council chief executive Stephen Town today asking him to instruct staff to respect due process and cease and desist any pre-emptive activity.

Residents have accused the council of flouting its own resource consent process after planning commissioners asked the council to answer questions by this Friday about its application to clearfell all 200 remaining pine trees in a 3.2ha block behind the Western Springs lake, below West View Rd in Grey Lynn.

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