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    Trees by the A3 near Esher Common set for felling

     

    Trees overhanging the A3 from Esher Common are due to be felled amid fears they ‘could kill someone in lane three’.

    In September, countryside estates officer Dave Page explained that there were liability problems with the trees.

    He said: “We are going to do something about it this winter. It could kill people in lane three.”

    Starting at the end of this month, contractors working on behalf of Elmbridge Borough Council and managed by the leisure and cultural services’ countryside team will carry out significant tree works along the south side of Esher Common where it meets the A3.

    The trees have reached a size where they pose a significant risk to traffic on the A3 in the event of a storm.

    Trees will be removed within 30 metres of the boundary with the A3 to create a safety zone.

    In addition, thinning works will also take place in the adjacent woodland to improve biodiversity and enjoyment of the area.

    These are an extension of similar works across the borough in recent years where a 30% canopy thin is carried out to allow light into sheltered areas, improving the ground flora and increasing access for visitors.

    Councillor Mary Sheldon, portfolio holder for leisure and culture, said: “It’s sad to have to remove mature trees, but these felling works are crucial to ensure road safety on this stretch of the A3 and the thinning works will help to preserve and enhance biodiversity of the area.”

    The work is due to be completed by the end of the winter.

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