More than 250 ash dieback-infected trees being felled along Sidmouth roadsides

More than 250 ash dieback-infected trees are being felled from roadsides in Sidmouth over safety fears.

Work is taking place alongside the A3052 and Station Road ‘as a precautionary measure’.

The scheme on the A3052 began on Monday, March 22, and will be carried out until Friday April 9.

Temporary traffic lights are in place between the busy East Devon route’s junction with Woolbrook Road and Four Elms Hill from 9:30am to 3:30pm.

Work will not be carried out at weekends or on Good Friday and Easter Monday when the road will be fully open.

Both laybys on either side of the road, near The Bowd, have been completely closed until April 9.

Initial tree removal work in Station Road took place between March 18 and 21. It will continue on Monday, March 29, when there will be access for residents approaching from the town.

Pedestrians needing essential access will be asked to wait at barriers to be escorted through the site ‘as and when it is safe to do so’.

Sidmouth representative Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council (DCC) cabinet Member for highway management, said: “Safety is paramount across all of our highway network and the A3052 in particular is a critical route in East Devon which is very well-used.

“To minimise disruption this work is being carried out while traffic levels are lower and it will be completed ahead of the next phase of lockdown restrictions being eased on April 12.”

DCC says all of the work is weather-dependent.

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