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‘Phantom’ tree cutter partially clears blockage

Wortham, Norfolk.  A tree blocking the road which fell on October 28, but has not been cleared. It belongs to the owners of Anglia Autoflow, as does the land and part of the road which it has fallen on. A 'phantom' tree cutter has chopped a bit of the tree off to allow cars to pass through.

Wortham, Norfolk. A tree blocking the road which fell on October 28, but has not been cleared. It belongs to the owners of Anglia Autoflow, as does the land and part of the road which it has fallen on. A 'phantom' tree cutter has chopped a bit of the tree off to allow cars to pass through.

A road which was blocked by a fallen bough of a willow tree during storm St Jude has finally been partially cleared - by a ‘phantom’ tree chopper.

After treacherous weather swept across the region on October 28, an overhanging bough snapped and fell across Union Lane, on the southern edge of Wortham Ling.

Attempts have been made to clear the blockage. The Suffolk Wildlife Trust, who manage the common on behalf of the Lordship of the Manor, the Wills family, and Suffolk County Council were stopped in their attempts to clear the road by employees of Anglia Autoflow owned by the family and sits adjacent to the fallen bough.

Some cars, large vehicles and lorries, including those delivering to Anglia Autoflow, that use the road attempted to drive around the obstruction, causing damage to the grass. Others had to reverse back the way they came to Millway Lane.

With the tree and the land privately owned, being the road extending from the northern end of Union Lane across Wortham Ling to Ling Road, the Suffolk Wildlife Trust and Suffolk County Council confirmed there is no more they can do to clear the road.

Although the bough still sits, it has been cleared enough so only cars can pass -eliminating one concern of Union Lane residents about big vehicles using the lane.

Signs have been placed by Suffolk County Council at the top end of the road, stating it is closed.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk County Council said: “ The county council’s highways team is unable to remove the tree from the road as it is an issue for the private landowner.”

Union Lane resident and Wortham and Burgate Letter editor Mike Bowen said the situation was a “strange old story.”

“From October 28 to last Saturday, that tree was across the road, fully blocking the road. A good five weeks.”

“There are two sides to every story. If that thing stayed across the road forever, the inconvenience we would have to suffer to drive around a small block to get back onto Ling Road is not a problem, compared to the inconvenience compared to the trucks.”

Anglia Autoflow was unavailable for comment when approached by the Diss Express.

 

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