Trees are not in favour
In early February, the "Zamok" already drew attention to the problem with the monument of landscape architecture on Independence Quay in the regional center. In winter we spoke about the fact that a tree planted in early last century and which has become a kind of tourist highlight of Uzhgorod, has not been protected yet.
Even though more than a year ago, namely on April 20 2011, Uzhgorod City Executive Committee adopted a resolution "On the recognition of the botanical nature monument protected zone of local importance named "Masaryk’s Ash". It particularly states that "to adopt the protected zone around "Masaryk’s Ash", the botanical monument of nature, which is located on Independence Quay, with the total area of 4x4 meters". The same resolution of the Executive Committee banned the construction of temporary facilities, trade pavilions, stalls and other small architectural buildings within the protected zone. It was planned to outline the boundaries of the botanical nature monument, to install an information board and a protective sign.
Last year on August 12, Transcarpathian Regional Council adopted the resolution on the monument: "Masaryk’s Ash” Botanical natural monument in Uzhgorod (Independence Quay, 2) with a 0.0016 hectare protected zone without land seizure from the landholder, that is, Uzhgorod City Council ..." – stated the resolution.
However, almost half a year passed, but no significant changes in this regard have been made. Not only haven’t they install information board or protection sign at the ash, they don’t even remove garbage that has piled between the terrace and a natural monument of local importance. Not to mention the fact that no one has even considered moving the terrace, which, quite obviously violates the border of the monument protected zone. So, maybe the main problem of recognition of the monument is not on paper, but in an "untouchable status" of the institution?Environmentalist Valentin Voloshin in his comment told the "Zamok": "Every natural monument must have Protection Obligations, which clearly states what you can do with it, and what you can’t.Last winter the State management of environmental protection of Transcarpathian region assured us: the security commitment to the 0.0016 hectares area had already been made, so that was the Property management of Uzhgorod City Council who delayed the process, since it couldn’t make the boundaries real.
Meanwhile, a natural monument of local importance "Masaryk’s Ash", which is associated with the whole stage of the city development, including the construction of the quay remains unrecognized and neglected.
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