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A neighbouring resident had a rude awakening last week when Delta arrived to fell wilding pines on council land beside Lanes Dam, in Bridge Hill.

Resident Juli Trainor said there had been no consultation with neighbours or notification that the felling would take place, and Delta staff gave her 10 minutes in which to contact the Central Otago District Council, which owns the land.

“If I’d had an inkling they would be coming down, I’d have been to the council last year,” she said.

CODC planning and environment manager Louise van der Voort said no consultation took place as the felling was considered minor operational work to remove a pest species.

There was a plan in place for the trees to be replaced by more suitable species in the spring or autumn of 2023, she said.

Council staff would discuss the replacement planting with interested neighbours, she said.

Chopped and chipped . . . Delta workers used a wood chipper to process branches of the felled trees on site at the new Lanes Ridge subdivision.

Mrs Trainor took a call from Ms van der Voort as a felled tree was being cut up for removal.

has rung and said they will replant,” Mrs Trainor said.

“I’ll make sure they do.”

Ms van der Voort said the tree removal was paid for by a private resident, consistent with council policy which enabled residents to request the removal of a tree not included in programmed works.

Such a removal was assessed against criteria in the policy and if approved was funded by the resident, who would also fund the replanting of any replacement trees.