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All nine sycamore trees in a Tyne St road reserve at Oamaru Harbour were expected to suffer significant damage in the realignment of a large stormwater main, following the closure of Arun St and the development of new accommodation in a Waterfront Rd and Tyne St site the council sold last year.
They were felled in March after councillors temporarily halted council staff plans, requiring a landscaping plan to replace the trees.
The recommended plan, going to the council's assets committee on Tuesday, would cost $25,000.
The council had provided neighbours of the site with information about the plan.
Some Tyne St residents called the removal of the sycamore trees "eco-destruction" at the time.