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Dangerous Tree next to Highway

Reported in the Trees category by Calvin Barrows at 20:26, Mon 1 October 2018

Sent to Uttlesford District Council 3 minutes later

This link opens a map at the correct location - fussy.horizons.premises. The top of a tall tree has almost separated from the bottom. The bottom has split and the top of the tree appears to be held from sliding towards the nearby road by a 25% section of lower trunk. When that fails it is almaost inevitable that the top section of tree will end up on the road.

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  • ECC's Response! We have investigated and risk-assessed this issue. Every report we get is treated as very important and we aspire to repair all highway defects in good time. Essex is a large county and across a network covering more than 5000 miles of road, more than 1500 structures and 127,000 street lights we need to prioritise how we spend your council tax money to best effect for all residents. At present we prioritise our principal road network, the repair of the worst pot holes and other safety critical work such as flooding and bridge repairs. Our recent investigation of this issue has concluded that it is not as serious as many other issues we are aware of, so we won't be taking any further action on it. This does not mean that this report is not important to us. The location will be regularly monitored through scheduled inspections and we may take action in the future if there has been significant deterioration.


    Posted by Calvin Barrows at 22:09, Mon 29 October 2018
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • In my opinion these photographs when compare with those of 1 October 2018, clearly indicate that the upper trunk has moved towards the highway! Surely now the ECC will realise they have to do something, for the safety of the whole community and because they have a Duty of Care!? This is clearly an accident waiting to happen - it is a well trafficked road! I did attempt to contact the land owner but whoever I spoke to got very shirty and said it was none of my business, and threatened to call the police! However, I believe it is, as a concerned citizen!

    Posted anonymously at 16:57, Sun 9 December 2018

  • Predictably with the recent high winds, the upper section of the tree has moved laterally relative to the lower section, roughly parallel to the road in the direction of SMF. The section connecting the two large sections of trunk together seems somewhat more reduced than it was and the upper section is now no longer above the lower section to mobilise any vertical support. Hence the upper section is now only being held by the reduced joining section!


    Posted anonymously at 16:20, Sunday 10 March 2019

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