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Today, readers question why Lot 14’s landscaper needs to destroy century-old trees on the North Tce footpath, and suggest Steven Marshall has good reason to quietly smile.

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Commenting on the story: Retaining historic North Tce trees impossible: Lot 14 landscaper

The landscape designer of the proposed paving says it’s impossible to do the work without damaging the trees.

What is meant is “impossible to do it the way we have decided to do it”. What a paucity of imagination!

If first priority were given to protecting the trees as a valuable natural asset and an essential part of the plan, any number of design solutions could surely be found.

Who decides that it’s necessary to have uniform granite pavers all along this stretch of the Terrace?

Porous rubber; timber decking; bricks on compacted sand; a subtle rise in the level of the path to lift the paving clear of the roots. I’m no expert: let the arborists and the architects have a conversation.

Some solutions my require programmed maintenance but would allow the trees to remain an let groundwater permeate to the roots.

Or move the cyclists in this short stretch of the path onto a dedicated bike lane on the road protected from the traffic by a barrier.

At the risk of denting someone’s ego, a bit of goodwill and creativity can resolve this impasse.

To chop these trees down would be unconscionable. – Murray Barson

It may just be my creative brain but surely there is a new way forward – i.e. not paving the path like other streets – that can save the trees and not cost money in moving lamps?

There is always another option for people with imaginations.

I thought Lot 14 was meant to be an innovative place?

And shade well within five years; surely this is a comment from a person that has never walked along North Terrace in the heat of Adelaide summer? – Emma Knight

It looks to me like the planners are just not trying to work with and around these beautiful old elms.

It takes decades to grow anything like as beautiful and shady.

If it was a priority the planners would find a way. Its not that hard. Geoff Weaver

Surely we can do better than to fell these beautiful elm trees.

Doesn’t the council know nearly every elm tree in Britain and Europe (over 200 million) has been destroyed by a disease?

These are precious trees. – Sandra Winter-Dewhirst

I am outraged at the proposal by Renewal SA to remove the historic trees on North Terrace outside the old Royal Adelaide Hospital. 

I urge the Adelaide City Council to refuse consent.

Not content with defacing the elegant Eleanor Harrald Building by painting its entrance in gaudy kindergarten colours, Renewal SA now wants to remove historic trees which belong to all of the community.

Tell the landscaper to go back and redo his design to include the trees. Sue Henry-Edwards

Maybe Steven Marshall really does have a reason to stay upbeat despite a gloomy economic forecast.

Commenting on the story: Richardson: Marshall’s ‘Crisis? What crisis?’ moment

Tom Richardson refers to SA’s State Final Demand declining 0.2 per cent for the second successive quarter but, as The Advertiser pointed out on Thursday, it’s an economic measure that doesn’t include exports. 

I suppose only the economists can explain why exports are left out of that equation.

The previous day, The Advertiser reported that Australia had posted a $5.9 billion account surplus – the first account surplus in 44 years.

It far surpassed economists’ prediction of a $1.5 billion surplus. That sounds decidedly un-gloomy.

 In the meantime, we’re hearing lots of positive news about cutting-edge industries (space technology, nanosatellites and the like) taking up residence in Lot 14, backed up by big players like Horizon, Momenta and Atlassian.

 On this occasion, I’m happy to share Mr Marshall’s enthusiasm. – Carol Faulkner

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