City Council update after tree came down and blocked A52

Nottingham City Council say a tree which came down and blocked the A52 for motorists was brought down by wind.

The road was closed between Priory Island and the Queen’s Medical Centre after the incident which took place just before 10am on Sunday, September 20.

While winds did not reach very high speeds over the weekend, the council has stated they were enough to bring down a large branch which fell into the road.

The authority removed a tree from Wollaton Park last week before the incident occurred, but say it wasn’t felt that any other trees needed removing at that time.

The road was closed for around three hours while crews worked at the scene to remove it.

A spokesperson for Nottingham City Council said: “We routinely survey all trees along this stretch and removed one from inside the park last week.

“We work closely with Highways England along the A52 and it wasn’t felt that any other trees apart from that one required immediate pruning or removal.

“Occasionally it can happen that a tree branch comes down without warning, although we obviously take all precautions to prevent this from happening.

Police at the scene after a tree fell in Derby Road, Nottingham
Police at the scene after a tree fell in Derby Road, Nottingham
(Image: Nottinghamshire Live)

“The wind over the weekend was not at a level which would cause concern, but it has been enough to bring down the branch in this instance.

“We responded quickly (on Sunday, September 20) and worked with our contractors to clear the road. We will reassess the trees in the coming days and take any appropriate action.”

No-one was injured as a result of the branch falling down and local residents said the incident could have been a lot worse.

Henry Johnson, who lives in Wollaton and was walking by, said: “It is quite a big thing, can you imagine if it had fallen on someone?

“I understand one fell some time ago. It’s a bit of a shock, it’s quite a busy road.

“With the heavy winds you expect it.”

Beatrice Rodriguez told Nottinghamshire Live: “I was surprised when i did not see any cars down here.

“It is shocking. It was probably broken before because it was windy yesterday and the day before.

“It’s good no one was around.”


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