For years, ever since a man was killed near Bushey Arches by a tree falling on his car in 2013, I have been extremely concerned at the amount of trees that overhang our roads, not just in the Hertfordshire area but nearby boroughs too. At the beginning of the year, a huge tree fell across Common Road, Harrow, Stanmore. Thankfully no-one was hurt on that occasion. Last weekend, a tree fell across Ducks Hill Road in Ruislip and hit the boot of a mini as it was driving along the road. Again, miraculously, no-one was hurt/killed. The roads in our local area that I personally have noticed with trees overhanging are Oxhey Lane, Little Oxhey Lane, Prestwick Road and Watford Road. I myself become extremely nervous when driving along any road where there are large trees overhanging, especially when the weather conditions are not great with rain, snow, wind etc. or just after a storm when some of the trees have weakened. I have driven along many roads in the past where smaller branches have fallen onto my car after a storm or bad weather. I feel that all Councils should regularly check trees that are overhanging our roads and cut the branches/trees back or, if any tree is unsafe, old, dead etc. it should be removed so there is no chance that it can fall on a car driving past and injure/kill innocent people. I imagine that if the trees were cut back, this would only need to be done once every year, if that. Other roads with excessive tree overhanging, although not in Hertfordshire, are Old Redding (Stanmore), Common Road (Stanmore), Barnet Lane (Borehamwood) - these are just a few that I come across on a regular basis but there are so many more. More people are going to lose their lives if something is not done. I'm already worrying about myself and my family driving on our roads throughout the upcoming Winter months. The weather is already changing and all overhanging trees need to be cut back now. Please ensure that all trees overhanging any Hertfordshire roads are cut back a safe distance from the road. If Council's liaise with each other, perhaps this could be passed onto other local Council's too.
Started by: Debbi
This ePetition runs from 14/10/2018 to 09/12/2018.
One person has signed this ePetition.