UPDATE: Ringwood Road reopened from Longham to Bear Cross

Bournemouth Echo: Ringwood Road closed from Longham to Bear Cross Ringwood Road closed from Longham to Bear Cross

A SECTION of Ringwood Road that was closed due to a falling tree has reopened.

Dorset Police were called out by Dorset County Council to close the road at the Bear Cross roundabout and at Longham.

The road was initially closed just before 10am.

The problem trees were 150 to 200 yards from the Bear Cross roundabout, in the direction of Longham.

A Bournemouth council spokesman said one tree was down and another tree needed to be work on as it was falling down.

The road had to be closed as the trees were across both sides.

Councillor David Smith, cabinet member for planning and environment at Bournemouth council, said: “After last night’s stormy weather, we received a report this morning of a fallen tree having become snagged within another tree on Ringwood Road.

"Whenever we are alerted to the possibility of trees becoming dangerous, our council workers act immediately to assess the situation on site and then make a judgment based on that.

"On this occasion the trees were deemed to be a severe hazard with the potential to fall into the highway below.

"Working closely and quickly with Police and other agencies we closed the road access in order to remove the trees and make the environment safe.

"Electricity power was also temporarily turned off during this time as a power supply ran through the trees, being restored when safe to do so.”

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10:43am Thu 19 Dec 13

nickynoodah says...

not rinwood road again
not rinwood road again nickynoodah

10:47am Thu 19 Dec 13

BarrHumbug says...

That tree has been in danger of falling over for a long time now and the councils only remedy was to put a couple traffic cones and tape around it.
That tree has been in danger of falling over for a long time now and the councils only remedy was to put a couple traffic cones and tape around it. BarrHumbug

10:54am Thu 19 Dec 13

imagine12 says...

This tree is not the councils responsiblity but the owner of the house and garden it is on. They should of removed months ago. Luckly no one has been killed, I hope the council and police send them the bill for the problems they have cased.
This tree is not the councils responsiblity but the owner of the house and garden it is on. They should of removed months ago. Luckly no one has been killed, I hope the council and police send them the bill for the problems they have cased. imagine12

3:28pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Branksome Boy says...

My family and I have been watching this tree for over a year waiting for it too fall! Why oh why wasn't it taken down month's ago, someone could have been killed if it had fallen at the wrong moment! Totally irresponsible - I'd like to know who was responsible home owner or council?
My family and I have been watching this tree for over a year waiting for it too fall! Why oh why wasn't it taken down month's ago, someone could have been killed if it had fallen at the wrong moment! Totally irresponsible - I'd like to know who was responsible home owner or council? Branksome Boy

6:04pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Beside The Sea says...

I wonder if the tree had been leaning toward the house instead of leaning toward the road would it been dealt with differently (the house owner maybe and a long time ago)
I wonder if the tree had been leaning toward the house instead of leaning toward the road would it been dealt with differently (the house owner maybe and a long time ago) Beside The Sea

7:17pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Telscombe Cliffy says...

How do you make a Bear Cross?
How do you make a Bear Cross? Telscombe Cliffy

7:17pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Telscombe Cliffy says...

Eat his porridge
Eat his porridge Telscombe Cliffy

8:48pm Thu 19 Dec 13

afcdibby says...

Telscombe Cliffy wrote:
How do you make a Bear Cross?
Try poking one with a stick.
[quote][p][bold]Telscombe Cliffy[/bold] wrote: How do you make a Bear Cross?[/p][/quote]Try poking one with a stick. afcdibby

10:08am Fri 20 Dec 13

Mike R-B says...

It surprises me that this tree was still standing.
Grand majestic old trees are usually diagnosed as being mythically diseased and removed if they become "inconvenient".
It surprises me that this tree was still standing. Grand majestic old trees are usually diagnosed as being mythically diseased and removed if they become "inconvenient". Mike R-B

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