The fate of the seven trees currently rooted in Cathedral Square appears to have been sealed given Waterford City Council’s plans for the area.
However, the Council’s Environmental Services Director has moved to quell public fears that City Hall has ‘turned its back on nature’ in the oldest part of Waterford.
Speaking to The Munster Express, Colette Byrne said the redevelopment of the Square was an integral element of the city’s Viking Triangle project and would house the memorial of ‘Boy Soldier’ John Condon.
With that in mind, the trees on the Square are unlikely to survive, but at the April Council meeting, Ms Byrne stated: “No final decision has been made.”
It is clear, given previous comments on the issue by City Manager Michael Walsh that the Executive is in favour of removing the trees, a move which has concerned readers and Councillors alike.
But Ms Byrne is adamant that any future decision would be made with the benefit of horticultural advice which the Council has availed of over the past two years.
See The Munster Express newspaper for full story.