Epping Forest landowners urged to trim trees before autumn storms

by | Sep 23, 2015 | Featured Slider, Latest, News


Landowners have been urged to cut back potentially dangerous overhanging trees ahead of autumn storms.

Owners should make sure their trees do not pose a threat to motorists and pedestrians, Essex County Council has said, and reminded them to take steps to prevent injury or damage.

Strong winds make it more likely trees will shed branches or even blow over altogether, blocking highways and potentially putting lives at risk.

The council can issue enforcement notices if necessary.

Cabinet member for highway maintenance councillor Eddie Johnson said: “The most common safety problems come from overhanging branches reducing the road width, blocking sightlines and road signs, as well as reducing height clearance for tall vehicles such as double decker school buses.

“Overhanging trees also hamper our ability to carry out planned roadworks, effectively lengthening delays and inconvenience to drivers.”

People have been advised to use qualified and insured contractors to ensure pathways are clear of vegetation to a height of 8ft (2.5m) and roads are clear to a height of 17ft (5.1m) and 1.8ft (0.5m) from the edge of the road towards their property.

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