Stopping tree hazard

  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 23 Jun 2020

A dead tree standing tall among several overgrown trees near the temple.

OVERGROWN vegetation and untrimmed branches are posing a danger to road users travelling along the hilly road that leads to the Ayer Itam dam and Kek Lok Si Temple in Penang.

The private landowner has failed to clean up the area despite being issued with five notices by the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) since November last year.

MBPP councillor Tan Soo Siang said they would clear the place and bill the owner if he or she still does not do the needful within 14 days after receiving the notice.

She said the fifth and last notice was sent out on June 17 while four earlier notices were issued on Nov 15 last year, Jan 28, Feb 20 and May 29.

“Some big tree branches have grown higher than the electric cables and may fall on vehicles on a rainy day, ” she said during a site inspection on Saturday.

Tan said the council was wrongly accused of sitting on the matter, adding that they could not simply cut or remove trees on private land.

“If the trees are on council land, we will come and do the needful if there is a complaint about overgrown or dead trees, ” she said.

Tan said they had given the owner ample warning.

“We are not imposing a fine.

“It might be expensive if we cut the tree ourselves. The owner can get his or her own contractor to do the job.

“We can assist but the owner will need to pay for our service, ” she said.

Also present were councillor Rohaizat Hamid and council assistant horticulturist Mohd Zaid Amri Amirruddin.

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