Ste Foy citizens upset over tree cutting for new development

Ste Foy citizens upset over tree cutting for new development

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Quebec City (Quebec) August 1, 2014 – Ste Foy (St.Sacrement) citizens upset over tree cutting for new development.

A new group of citizens, this time in Ste. Foy, are very disgruntled at Mayor Labeaume for allowing a developer to once again cut down a good number of trees in order to build some new duplex style housing. The group, formed around rue Barrin, are extremely upset that so far a dozen trees are being cut down, 8 of which are already gone to make way for the new houses. The trees were part of a small park where people would gather to chat and get relief from the heat.

The argument for keeping the trees is an environmental one and the group would like to remind Mayor Labeaume that when he was running for election the environment was supposedly a priority and that his administration would keep the tree cutting to a maximum of 2,000 but, so far since the beginning of 2013 there have been over 3,000 trees cut down to make room for tax producing housing developments.

Like in Sillery, the taxpayers are protesting the deterioration of their neighbourhood simply for the expansion of home building which in turn produces money for the city.

The city has said they would speak to the developer in order to keep as many trees in place as possible. It was even suggested that perhaps some of the trees could be temporarily moved and replanted once the construction of the houses is finished.

It remains to be seen what the outcome will be but, the permit to build has already been granted, the only thing remaining is to see just how many trees can be saved if any. The trees in question are not affected by any diseases and have a value of about $20,000 each based on an estimation done by a forestry expert who was called in to evaluate the loss of vegetation.

LifeinQuebec.com Staff Writer
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