Coun­cil to re­place haz­ardous tree

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Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil will re­move a haz­ardous tree in the cen­tre of Hor­sham’s Brad­bury Car Park and plant a re­place­ment tree in au­tumn.

Coun­cil in­fra­struc­ture di­rec­tor John Martin said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was re­spond­ing to risks for car park users, fol­low­ing dam­age to ve­hi­cles from fallen limbs.

He said the large lemon­scented gum was re­garded as a sig­nif­i­cant tree and the coun­cil had ex­plored all op­tions to save it.

“The 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,” he said.

“Ex­clud­ing pedes­tri­ans and ve­hi­cles from the area is not an op­tion as the area re­quired to be fenced would in­clude up to 16 park­ing bays and at least one traf­fic lane would also need to be closed.

“Tree 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 100 mil­lime­tres in di­am­e­ter.

“Tak­ing into ac­count the height they fall from and their weight, they could cause a cat­a­strophic in­ci­dent.

“Lop­ping 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.”

Mr Martin said a suit­able re­place­ment tree would be planted in au­tumn when con­di­tions were suit­able.

“This will be a rose gum, An­gophora Costata, which is a large, wide and spread­ing tree that will grow to a height of be­tween 15 me­tres and 25 me­tres,” he said.

“In time, this will pro­vide ex­cel­lent shade for car park users.”

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