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Your views: on Victoria Square, trees and grass

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Today, readers comment on fixing and finishing the city’s most problematic space, and suggest that it’s not just fake grass which should be banished.

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Commenting on the story: Abiad calls for fix to Victoria Square’s “ugly cousin”

The Southern end of Victoria square is a big disappointment.

It definitely needs an upgrade with lots of shady trees.

Don’t worry about the restaurant etc because with the market so close we don’t need more restaurants. 

Trees and more trees is a good start. – Keith Herbig

For goodness put in some shade, preferably trees. They also need  to consult with users.

The northern half of the square blasts with heat and is risky to access, with ramps leading nowhere and unmarked edges that are a fall hazard. Ceridwyn Owen

The image shown of the ‘Victoria Square Masterplan’ is so different to where we are at, that it seems wires have been crossed somewhere. 

Where are all the trees? Where is the road that surrounds it? In the plan, no traffic goes through the centre.

The southern half looks amazing in the masterplan, but as we’re nowhere near completing the northern half of the plan, I won’t hold my breath.

That it has taken this long already is not a good reflection on the city’s ability to get things done.

It’s only the heart of the city, right? No rush! Jacob Hodgman

Commenting on the story: Council bans fake grass from city verges

If fake grass is extremely bad, mown grass is not much better.

It is an introduced Asian species and provides no food or shelter for most pollinators and other animals, who are perishing right before our eyes, as human populations expand and monopolise the land on this planet.

It would be far better to cover public and private land with native plant species.

Additionally, mowing requires fuel and is nonessential. We know that there is a very high likelihood that burning fossil fuel is and will change the climate on our planet to a point where it will become unliveable, not just for other animals but humans as well. 

So I plead with you all; please do away with your lawns and mowing, plant only native plants and start reversing the negative effect we have been having on this planet.

If all seven billion of us did this it would make a huge difference. – Alice Newman

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