Condition of roadside trees to be checked

PUBLISHED: 10:47 04 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:58 10 June 2010

THE condition of many trees that line East Devon s roads will be given safety assessments over the next few months. The inspections are carried out every five years to ensure road users safety.

THE condition of many trees that line East Devon's roads will be given safety assessments over the next few months.

The inspections are carried out every five years to ensure road users safety.

Devon County Council has brought in a specialist tree consultant to carry out the work, and he will assess the overall condition of each tree, including its health and size.

The survey began at the end of March and will go on for about three months and will take place along all A and B roads, as well as some C roads. DCC is responsible for trees growing on highway verges and private landowners are responsible for those growing on their land which adjoins the highway.

The consultant will record any hazards he discovers and DCC will be responsible to deal with any of its trees.

It will also request that private landlords deal with any issues identified on their trees. Failure to comply with such a request could lead to enforcement action be taken.

Councillor Margaret Rogers, executive member for environment, welcomed the forthcoming survey. She said: "These inspections will keep roads safe for users. They will also benefit private landowners by informing them of potential problems with their trees.

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