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Newcastle Supercar race could see trees removedpoll

NEWCASTLE council may remove trees from the inner city to make way for November’s Supercar race, but insist they will be replaced.

The Newcastle Heraldunderstands the council is looking at the removal of trees along Wharf Road opposite Foreshore Park to make way for the race, and on Friday aspokesman confirmed it was investigating “the effects of the final track alignment on local flora and fauna” on the city.

However, if trees are removed, the council wouldreplacethem to“ensure no overall loss to the canopy coverage”.

“We do recognise that there will be disruptions to our local residents especially those in close proximity to the track, however as we have said since the event was announced [council] will work closely with the event organisers to minimise disruption throughout the event,” he said.

The spokesman also insisted no decision had been made on which roads would be closed during the event.

“The beaches will be accessible as usual before, during and after the event period for members of the public, carers and other essential service providers such as emergency services,” the spokesman said.

TheHeraldalso asked the council on Friday whether it was considering filling in the frog pond in Foreshore Park, but a spokesman did not respond to the question.

However if the pond does go, it may not be because of the race. The council’s Foreshore plan of management from 2015 states the council would look at whether to“retain, reduce or remove” the pond.

The race –first announced in September last year –has proven increasingly divisive because of its location in Newcastle’s historic East End, with some residents fearing a loss of amenity.

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