ORANGE City Council will keep a pin oak tree in Sale Street and spend $1000 on extra line marking instead of spending $11,479 to tear out and replace the tree for an extra car parking space.
Councillors agreed to a revised plan from staff showing how four car spaces could be achieved while retaining the tree by formalising the existing parking spaces with extra line marking.
Earlier in the month councillors reached a six-all stalemate over the tree’s removal, which was part of a raft of solutions to create more parking in Sale Street, after 12 spaces were lost when a pedestrian refuge and turning lane was installed as part of the Summer Centre redevelopment.
Classic Country Rose owner Sheryl Lewis said there were already four parking spaces near the tree and the line marking was a waste.
Instead, she wants the council to reconsider angle car parking.
“They should not waste any more taxpayer money and leave the lines the way they were,” she said.
“It won’t make a scrap of difference ... I don’t think the council understands how much it’s affected our businesses along here.”
Mayor John Davis said the revised plan would make the parking more defined.
Cr Reg Kidd congratulated council staff for finding a solution that allowed the tree to be saved.