Contrasting views on Plummers Lane.

Road re-opened after hundreds of ash trees are cleared

PLUMMERS Lane near Cheddar was back in use yesterday after hundreds of dead and dying trees were cleared by Somerset County Council.

The operation on the B3135 – which lasted more than a month – targeted 250 trees affected by ash dieback, a fungus that will kill or seriously effect more 95% ash trees.

A council spokesperson said: “Dead and diseased trees growing adjacent to roads can potentially fall into the carriageway, so must be removed.  An ecological assessment is undertaken prior to any works and all necessary steps are taken to prevent disturbance to the remaining habitat.”

Cllr John Woodman, the council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said:  “As the Highways Authority doing nothing is simply not an option – we have to act swiftly to remove diseased trees from the roadside.

“The loss of this beautiful woodland in our county is a real blow but we have to put the safety of the public and road users first – this is a national problem affecting local authorities across the UK.”

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