At the community workshops in 2014 there was considerable discussion around street trees.

Council received overwhelming feedback from the traders and the public that the large leaves and tree roots of the English plane trees created problems including blocked shop gutters and some disturbance to the road surface and footpaths.

In response to this feedback 19 plane trees will be removed and replaced with 30 mature Chanticleer ornamental pear trees (Pyrus calleryana) during the first stage of the City Centre Renewal.

The Chanticleer pears can reach 11m and their dark green leaves change colour seasonally, turning from gold to plum and burgundy in autumn. 

In spring they are covered in white flowers. The trees will eventually spread up to 7m in diameter, creating ample shade during hot summer days.

The new trees will come in large 300-litre tubs and be installed between parking bays, further away from shopfronts.

The trees will be installed on a structural planter cell to stabilise the root ball and prevent compaction of the soil around the base of the trees.

Root barriers will help protect underground assets including water mains and telecommunication cables.