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$ ha]ar­dous tree in the cen­tre of Hor­sham¶s Brad­bury Car 3ark will be re­moved with a re­place­ment tree to be planted in au­tumn. 5ecently, limbs have fallen and dam­aged ve­hi­cles, cre­at­ing a risk for users of the carpark that must be man­aged. Hor­sham 5ural City Coun­cil 'irec­tor ,nfras­truc­ture -ohn 0artin said the large /emon Scented Gum is re­garded as a sig­nif­i­cant tree and all op­tions to save it have been ex­plored. ³The tree has been as­sessed twice by a Coun­cil ar­borist and once by an in­de­pen­dent ar­borist who all rec­om­mended re­moval of the tree or ex­clu­sion of ve­hi­cles and pedes­tri­ans,´ 0r 0artin said. ³Ex­clud­ing pedes­tri­ans and ve­hi­cles from the area is not an op­tion as the area re­tuired to be fenced would in­clude up to 1 park­ing bays and at least one traf­fic lane would also need to be closed. ³Tree ca­bling, in which limbs in dan­ger of fall­ing are tied back to the trunk, is also not likely to be ef­fec­tive as even the smaller limbs that have fallen from this tree, and which are not suit­able for ca­bling, are up to 100mm in di­am­e­ter. Tak­ing into ac­count the height they fall from and their weight, they could cause a cat­a­strophic in­ci­dent. ³/op­ping the tree to the de­gree nec­es­sary would dam­age the struc­tural in­tegrity of the tree and po­ten­tially cre­ate a greater risk of large parts of the tree fall­ing,´ he said. 0r 0artin said a suit­able re­place­ment tree would be planted when con­di­tions were suit­able in au­tumn. ³This will be a 5ose Gum $ngophora Costata which is a large, wide and spread­ing tree that will grow to a height of be­tween 1 m and 2 m,´ he said. ³,n time, this will pro­vide ex­cel­lent shade for car park users.´

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