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Tree still not cleared after falling in June
THIS massive branch has been blocking part of a Bridgwater road since a tree came crashing down in strong winds nearly two months ago – but nobody is taking responsibility for removing it.
The Evergreen Oak near the entrance to the old cattle market at the rear of Union Street was blown over on June 23.
Somerset County Council sent contractors to clear part of the tree to allow cars to pass, but nothing else has been removed since.
Tracy Higgs, who lives in Union Street, says drivers are having to manoeuvre their cars around the remainder of the branch, or mount the pavement, in order to access nearby garages.
She said: “Cars can get through but if a fire engine needed to get through to the back of the garages, there’s no way they could do it.
“People are annoyed because nobody is sorting it out.”
Somerset County Council confirmed it had sent out-of-hours contractors to clear a path for cars to pass, after a request from the police, but said it was not responsible for removing the tree.
A spokesman said: “The location is not public highway and we don’t keep records of the owners of private streets.”
Jeanette Burton, Sedgemoor District Council’s trees officer, said the authority had no record of who the landowner was.
She said the council’s only involvement with that tree had been to place a Tree Preservation Order on it several years ago.
She said residents could ask the Land Registry who owns the tree, but that could incur a fee.
She said it was an unusual situation for the ownership of a tree not to be known, but added: “Obviously it does need to be cleared up.”
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