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Ash trees slowly collapsing over footpath crating a hazard and causing injury

Reported in the Pavements/footpaths category anonymously at 15:08, Wednesday 10 July 2019

Sent to Swindon Borough Council 2 minutes later

Yesterday I walked into the branch which at the time was pointing at head height back towards the pedestrian crossing. It only scratched the side of my face but it could easily have damaged an eye. The branch was too flexible to break but I tucked the end into an adjacent tree to prevent further injury.

As ash die back slowly kills the ash trees along the stream alongside the footpath boughs collapse over the path becoming a nuisance then a hazard before collapsing completely and only then they are removed one by one by the council. There are a dozen or so branches along that path progressing in the same way.

The sensible solution is for a work team to preemptively remove all of the ash tree branches that are leaning towards the path.

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  • Questionnaire filled in by problem reporter; State changed to: Fixed, 17:06, Wednesday 7 August 2019

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