SOF Inc’s letter to Mr Pearce


Dear Mr Pearce:
We understand that you have obtained legal advice that indicates that you are unable to pursue the option of further investigation of the safety of the Laman St trees due to a technical legal impediment, despite the fact that the approach was supported by the signatures of a clear majority of Newcastle councillors.

Save Our Figs and the hundreds of ordinary Novocastrians involved in the community vigil at Laman St welcomed the circuit-breaker to the current situation when it was announced late yesterday afternoon, and this latest news is very distressing.

We are writing to urge you in the strongest terms to hold off from any tree removal operations to allow sufficient time for the parties involved to explore all possible avenues through this problem.

We believe that, working together with genuine goodwill, those involved will be able to find a way to allow further independent expert assessment of the safety of the Laman St trees, to avert the preemptive (and we believe unnecessary) destruction of this iconic part of our city, and to calm the current volatility and distress in the local community associated with the threatened imminent destruction of the trees.

We would very much appreciate your urgent response to this request.


[Secretary, Save Our Figs] Home


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