No accountability for ‘slaughter’

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PARADISE LOST: This photograph sent in by reader Louise Williamson shows some of the damage caused to the pine forest off Verdun Street, Lorraine
PARADISE LOST: This photograph sent in by reader Louise Williamson shows some of the damage caused to the pine forest off Verdun Street, Lorraine

THERE used to be a beautiful pine forest area off Verdun Road in Lorraine.

Many people, including myself, used to enjoy daily walks with our dogs through the pathways in the forest.

There were many varieties of birds and small animals such as tortoises living there.

After raising concerns with councillor Gustav Rautenbach about the pine trees being cut down he thankfully stopped any further slaughter.

He informed me that some dead and dying trees had been cut down for safety in the old dam area off Verdun and Sedan Avenues, after inspection by the parks department.

An official from the Nelson Mandela Bay metro had then given permission for the beautiful pine trees in the forest area across from the dam to be cut down, without getting permission from the councillor.

We are not talking about one or two trees here, we are talking about a large number of beautiful pine trees.

It is now like a wasteland with all the paths gone, blocked by huge branches and young trees that have been ripped out of the ground.

I would like to know who is responsible for this illegal slaughter of these beautiful healthy pine trees.

Someone needs to be held responsible for this and brought to book.

The amount of wood that went to the sawmills must be worth a huge amount of money, so who is benefiting from that?

I have asked the council office who was responsible but have had no reply.

Is this going to be another case of illegal activity that gets swept under the carpet?

This is an absolute disgrace and there needs to be accountability.

Louise Williamson, Lorraine

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