Christchurch today: Willow trees pose worry

SARAH-JANE O'CONNOR
Last updated 08:17 17/01/2014
Red zone vines
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SLOWLY SLOWLY: Nature is taking over in the red zone.

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Welcome to a wrap of what's happening in Christchurch today.

WEATHER

The day is set to become fine this morning, but southwesterlies will keep the temperature down, with an expected high of 17 degrees Celsius.

Another fine day is on the cards for tomorrow, with northeasterlies and a high of 20C.

Sunday is set to be another warm day, with a high of 26C. High cloud will increase and the northeasterly will change to a lighter southerly.

TRAFFIC

Police have not reported any traffic issues in Christchurch this morning.

QUESTION OF THE DAY

Q: Along Waimea Terrace around 187/189 there are two massively high willow trees. They block a large amount of sun, especially in the winter and the branches come down over the road in strong winds. They were beautifully trimmed a few years ago but have now grown taller than ever. Does the council have a pruning programme in mind before a passing car gets hit, or the branches crash onto people's property?

A: Council trees are pruned on a programmed basis, however reactive requests are carried out on a case by case basis. In this case the two willow trees will be investigated and work actioned as required. Trees may need to be pruned when in contact with power lines, when broken or overhanging property or roads, when obstructing traffic, when obscuring street and security lights, or when large amounts of deadwood are evident. CCC

WHAT'S ON

Pete Sweet is old-fashioned clown meets witty nerd. He performs on the slackrope and juggles like a pro and fits in a few jokes. Check him out at the Mini Beyond Normal Stage (North Hagley Park), 11.50am today.

Reuben DotDotDot is a gravity-defying acrobat with a sense of humour and a true entertainer. Head down to North Hagley Park and see him tonight, 7.30pm at the SCIRT Busker Comedy Club.

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