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Council tree clearance work continues after weekend of storm destruction

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Swansea Council say their highways and parks teams are working flat-out today in continuing stormy weather to clear up after a weekend of disruption caused by rain and high winds.

Due to fallen and dangerous trees, there are two road closures in Brynfield Road, Langland, and Cilonnen Road, Three Crosses and traffic has been reduced to one lane on Mayals Road.

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Extra teams have been drafted in to deal with the trees clear-ups and they are prioritising action to deal first with trees that are dangerous to the public, roads or property.

After that they will move on to essential work to clear trees and debris from parks and off-road footpaths. However, it could be a number of weeks before all the work is completed.

Staff are in Morriston Park and Oystermouth Cemetery where they are removing trees which have fallen on to buildings. They are also being joined by volunteers to help with a tidy-up at Morriston Cemetery’s Baby Garden which was damaged by the weekend storms.

The covered walkway near to the Grand Theatre has been closed due to storm damage but is expected to reopen in the next day or two.

Recycling and waste collections are back to normal after Friday’s cancelled collections, which were picked up instead by crews working through the weekend’s bad weather.

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If members of the public remain concerned about a tree or group of trees that they feel are dangerous they can report them to the council’s Support Team on 01792 280210 or via email to parks.section@swansea.gov.uk. Any storm-related highways issues they can be reported to highways@swansea.gov.uk

Council workers on Mumbles Road dealing with fallen trees (Image: Swansea Council)

Rob Stewart, Leader of the Council, said: “Our teams have been working flat-out over the weekend and will be continuing their work today and in the coming days dealing with trees and debris at most risk to the public.

“We’ve had hundreds of reports of fallen trees right across our area. We’d urge people to continue to report fallen trees, especially those they feel are a risk to people, property or roads.

“It’s very clear that hundreds of trees have been lost to the storm. Some of them are not a risk to the public and the less essential tree clearances will take a number of weeks to get done, so we’re also urging residents to be patient.

“Over the weekend our staff have done an amazing job in often atrocious weather conditions to help keep people safe and roads open and I want to thank them for their continuing efforts.”

(Lead image: Swansea Council)

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