FOUR London Plane trees damaging the heritage listed Town Hall will be removed by Wollongong City Council.
The trees, in Kembla Street between Crown Street and Burelli Street, will get the chop on Sunday February 3.
The roots of the 40-year-old trees are cracking the foundations of the Town Hall, lifting the pavement and damaging underground services.
The trees will be replaced with four Illawarra Flame Trees, which Council says will be planted in April once remediation work, such as removal of tree roots, adding root barriers and completing repaving is undertaken.The tree removal is taking place on a Sunday to minimise disruption and businesses in the area have been contacted about the work.
Council will also remove a Plane tree in Burelli Street outside Wollongong City Gallery and two Cocos palms on Crown Street in front of the Wollongong Town Hall on the same day. These trees are being removed for safety reasons – they’re each affecting sightlines for drivers and pedestrians.
Council says it apologises for any disruption the work may cause.