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Sadness as ‘loved’ willow tree in Bath partially felled for roadworks Bath City News

Residents of Bath have expressed sadness after seeing stunning willow trees in the center partially cut down as ‘significant’ flood prevention work takes place. The willows, which have been in place for many years, were tended to earlier this week on Monday (March 28).

Phil Bendall was one of those who stopped to watch the chainsaws in action. He said others stopped and were “surprised and disappointed” to see the fourth tree cut down.

The trees have been removed as major flood prevention work is underway at the Churchill roundabout. The drainage improvement program started on Monday 28 March.

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The location is regularly flooded and “presents a hazard to motorists”, so Bath and North East Somerset Council are trying to address the issue. The work is expected to last three weeks.

Councilor David Wood, Cabinet Member for Neighborhood Services, said: ‘This is significant work to address a flooding issue which will improve the resilience of our road network and improve safety.

He continued: “Churchill Gyratory is a busy junction in central Bath so unfortunately there will be some traffic delays. It is not possible to carry out this work without lane closures but the roundabout will remain open. throughout. Thank you for your patience as we complete this essential work.

The first phase of the work is expected to take around two weeks and will require the closure of the inner lane of the roundabout, with all roads approaching the roundabout to be reduced to a single lane. The second phase includes drainage work on the south side of the Churchill Bridge and is expected to last an additional week.

Motorists are advised that lane restrictions will likely cause delays in this part of town. Lane closures will be removed over weekends if safe to do so. Bath and North East Somerset Council have been approached for comment.

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This notice was published: 2022-03-31 15:37:45

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