Works Committee Meeting

 

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Tuesday 12 October 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative Centre 30 Frances Street Randwick 2031

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Works Committee

12 October 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Works Committee Meeting

 

Notice is hereby given that a Works Committee Meeting of the Council of the City of Randwick will be held in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, 90 Avoca Street, Randwick, on Tuesday, 12 October 2010 at 6:00pm.

 

Committee Members:           The Mayor (M Matson), Andrews, Belleli (Chairperson), Bowen, Hughes, Matthews, Nash, Notley-Smith, Procopiadis, Seng, Smith, Stevenson, Tracey, White (Deputy Chairperson) and Woodsmith.

 

Quorum:                           Eight (8) members.

 

NOTE:    At the Extraordinary Meeting held on 28 September 2004, the Council resolved that the Works Committee be constituted as a committee with full delegation to determine matters on the agenda.

 

Apologies/Granting of Leave of Absences 

 

Confirmation of the Minutes  

Works Committee Meeting - 14 September 2010

 

Declarations of Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests

 

Address of Committee by Members of the Public

 

Urgent Business

 

Works Reports

W27/10     Tree Removal - Outside 12 Stanley Street, Randwick

W28/10     Traffic Committee September 2010 - Item 4.9 - Nancye Street, Randwick    

 

Notice of Rescission Motion

NR8/10      Notice of Rescission Motion submitted by Crs Stevenson, Bowen & Tracey - Eastbourne Avenue, Clovelly - Request for Undergrounding of power lines   

 

 

 

…………………………………………………….

Ray Brownlee

General Manager


Works Committee

12 October 2010

 

 

 

Works Report No. W27/10

 

 

Subject:                  Tree Removal - Outside 12 Stanley Street, Randwick

Folder No:                   F2004/07359

Author:                   Bryan Bourke, Tree Management Officer     

 

Introduction

 

The owners of 10 Stanley Street, Randwick, have written to Council highlighting a number of problems associated with the large Council-owned Ficus ‘Hillii’ growing on the nature strip outside 12 Stanley Street, Randwick.

 

Issues

 

There are a number of maintenance and liability issues associated with this large and significant public tree asset. They range from regular and ongoing pruning around overhead powerlines and street lights to root damage caused to both public infrastructure and private property.

 

The subject tree is approximately twenty metres in height with a canopy spread of around 22-24 metres. The tree is in good health and contributes significantly to the visual amenity of Stanley Street. It is also an important provider of habitat and food source for a variety of native birdlife and other fauna.

 

The tree has had to be regularly pruned away from overhead powerlines and streetlights and the canopy overhangs significantly into the property at 12 Stanley Street. Roots from the tree have damaged and bowed the entire front brick fence of this property and they have also damaged a side entranceway and dislodged a section of the side fence. Tree roots have also destroyed a section of adjacent kerb and gutter and have undermined the roadway to the extent that it is difficult to actually park vehicles next to the tree. Protruding roots make it difficult to alight from motor vehicles and pose an ongoing damage and liability concern for Council. They are also a trip hazard for elderly pedestrians and adjacent property owners. Roots have also undermined and lifted the footpath area adjacent to where the tree is located and this will need to be repaired in the near future. As long as the tree is retained it will only be possible to replace the surrounding footpath in bitumen.

 

Council’s Tree Gang advises that it would not be possible to remove the amount of damaging tree root material required without severely compromising the health and long-term viability of the tree.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 10:      A Healthy Environment.

Direction 10b:    Environmental risks and impacts are strategically managed.

 

Financial impact statement

 

It is estimated that the removal of this tree and its replacement with a super-advanced alternative species will cost in the vicinity of $2,500. The required funds would come from Council’s annual tree management budget.

 

The replacement of the damaged footpath, roadway and nature strip would cost approximately $4,000 and this would be funded from Council’s Infrastructure Services maintenance budget.

 

Conclusion

 

This large and healthy street tree is an important visual component of the streetscape of Stanley Street, Randwick. It also provides both habitat and food source for a variety of birdlife and other fauna. The tree is estimated to be at least sixty years old and is one of only two of this species located along this section of the street. As such, it takes on additional visual importance and its removal would diminish the amenity of the street. Because of the damage being caused by its roots, the impact of removal on land degradation would be negligible.

 

Using Australian Standard ASDR99307 it has been calculated that the tree has an amenity value of $10,800. This amount is primarily determined by combining the size and scenic amenity of the tree with its inappropriateness as a street tree specimen and the fact that its roots are causing ongoing and increasingly serious damage to both private property and public infrastructure, which is now impacting adversely on the amenity of adjacent property owners.

 

Due to the size of the tree and the amount of root material required to be removed to abate the range of damage now being caused by this tree, root pruning is not an option and the installation of tree root barriers is ineffective with this particular species of tree. The only feasible long-term management option would be to remove the tree and to replace it with a more appropriate tree species – as nominated in Council’s Street Tree Masterplan.

 

To retain the tree any longer will mean that the damage being caused to private property, in particular, is likely to increase quite sharply and this will inevitably cost Council a considerable amount to deal with.

 

As this species of tree does not represent at least 50% of total vegetative canopy cover within Stanley Street its removal and replacement will not contravene Council’s resolution that “no more than five percent of Ficus ‘Hillii’ (Hill’s Weeping fig) street trees be removed in any twelve-month period from streets where there are designated significant plantings of this species”.

 

Recommendation

 

That the Council-owned Ficus ‘Hillii’ (Hill’s Weeping fig) growing outside 12 Stanley Street, Randwick, be removed and replaced with a more appropriate species – as nominated in Council’s Street Tree Masterplan.

 

Attachment/s:

 

1.View

Series of photographs detailing the importance of the subject tree in the streetscape and the range of damage being caused to both public infrastructure and private property by the tree’s roots

 

2.View

Public Trees - Tree Assessment Data Sheet

 

 

 

 


Series of photographs detailing the importance of the subject tree in the streetscape and the range of damage being caused to both public infrastructure and private property by the tree’s roots

Attachment 1

 

 

View of Ficus ‘Hillii’ from street – tree is highly significant in streetscape

 

Canopy has obscured overhead street light and regularly grows into powerlines

Canopy overhangs extensively into the front of the property at 12 Stanley St

 

Roots protrude significantly above nature strip and have undermined adjacent footpath

Roots have buckled adjacent front fence along entire length of property frontage

 

Fig tree root has travelled between concrete footpath slab and into private property

Root travels across and protrudes above nature strip outside 10 Stanley Street

 

Tree roots have destroyed kerb and gutter and undermined adjacent bitumen roadway

Protruding tree roots have made it difficult to park on adjacent section of roadway

 

Tree root damage along side of property and fence at 12 Stanley Street, Randwick

 

 


Public Trees - Tree Assessment Data Sheet

Attachment 2

 

 



Works Committee

12 October 2010

 

 

 

Works Report No. W28/10

 

 

Subject:                  Traffic Committee September 2010 - Item 4.9 - Nancye Street, Randwick

Folder No:                   F2006/00091

Author:                   Tony Lehmann, Manager Integrated Transport     

 

Introduction

 

Councillor Tony Bowen has called for the Traffic Committee item relating to Nancye Street, Randwick, to be considered at the Works Committee.

 

Issues

 

The Traffic Committee item (attached) arose following complaints from residents about missing signage.  Accordingly, officers proposed a parking regime for Nancye Street which maximised parking spaces whilst maintaining access to all of the off-street parking spaces. 

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome:  9.     Integrated and Accessible Transport.

.Direction: 9d.   Residential amenity is protected by appropriate traffic management.

 

Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

Conclusion

 

As the proposal considered by the Traffic Committee maximises public on-street parking whilst maintaining access to the private off-street parking it is considered that the recommendation be endorsed.

 

Recommendation

 

That the Recommendation from the September 2010 Traffic Committee meeting relating to Nancye Street, Randwick, be endorsed.

 

Attachment/s:

 

1.View

Randwick Traffic Committee - 14 September 2010 - Minute Item 4.9 - Nancye Street, Randwick

 

2.View

Leslie Young - Submission to Traffic Committee Meeting - 14 September 2010 - No Stopping sign to be replaced by 1 Hour Parking - Nancye St, Randwick

 

 

 

 


Randwick Traffic Committee - 14 September 2010 - Minute Item 4.9 - Nancye Street, Randwick

Attachment 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RANDWICK TRAFFIC COMMITTEE

14 SEPTEMBER 2010

MINUTE ITEM 4.9

 

 

Item 4.9         NANCYE STREET, RANDWICK                                              (C)

Signage, Parking – No Stopping, 1P

(D01083675, D01080654, D01078602-LM)

 

At the July 2010 Traffic Committee meeting, a proposal for the installation of the following restrictions on the north-south section of Nancye Street, Randwick was approved

Distance

(measured from  the north-south

section of Nancye Street)

Proposed Restrictions

0-15.5 m

No Stopping

15.5-21.5 m

1P

21.5-38.5 m

No Stopping

38.5-45.5 m

1P

45.5-111 m

No Stopping

 

Council has since received a number of requests from residents of Nancye Street, to review the July 2010 Traffic Committee decision.

 

Residents are concerned that the recommended parking restrictions will block access to their garages accessed from Nancye Street. Council’s Traffic Engineer met with two residents to test the accessibility of a double garage, and was able to access the garages successfully. Concerns were also raised relating to the increased personal security risk which delays in accessing off-street parking may create for residents.

 

Mr Lehmann in line with requests from local residents tabled two letters of objection (Council Ref: D01101809 and D01103102).  Councillor Belleli stated that he agreed with the residents and suggested that the proposed parking should not be provided.

 

Traffic Committee Recommendation (by majority vote):

 

That the parking restrictions recommended at the July 2010 Traffic Committee meeting for Nancye Street, Randwick, be again endorsed.

 

Voting

 

In favour of the Recommendation:                      Against the Recommendation:

·      Police                                                 l Local Member

·      Council

·      RTA

(C) – State Electorate of Coogee

M:\City Services\Integrated Transport\# Traffic Committee\2010\Recommendation Ltrs\9.Sep 10\2010.09 - Minute Item 4.9 - Nancye Street, Randwick - Signage, Parking - No Stopping and 1P - refer 2010.07.4.13.doc


Leslie Young - Submission to Traffic Committee Meeting - 14 September 2010 - No Stopping sign to be replaced by 1 Hour Parking - Nancye St, Randwick

Attachment 2

 

 


 

 

 


Works Committee

12 October 2010

 

 

 

Notice of Rescission Motion No. NR8/10

 

 

Subject:                  Notice of Rescission Motion submitted by Crs Stevenson, Bowen & Tracey - Eastbourne Avenue, Clovelly - Request for Undergrounding of power lines

Folder No:                   F2004/07176

Submitted by:          Councillor Stevenson, Central Ward; Councillor Bowen, East Ward; Councillor Tracey, North Ward     

 

That the resolution passed at the Works Committee meeting held on Tuesday 14 September 2010 reading as follows:

 

‘RESOLUTION: (Andrews/Matson) that:

 

a)     Council provide authorisation to EnergyAustralia for the proposal to underground the power lines along Eastbourne Avenue, Clovelly to EnergyAustralia standards and specifications.

 

b)     the request for a funding contribution, to underground the power lines in Eastbourne Avenue, Clovelly, be refused.’

 

BE AND IS HEREBY RESCINDED.