Woolmer Hill to remain closed until Monday, says county

By Daniel Gee   |   Head of Content   |
Friday 9th October 2020 8:18 am
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Woolmer Hill resident Alison Walker took this photo of the fallen tree on Sunday – but said they 'look even worse' on Friday

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WOOLMER Hill Road will reopen on Monday, but only if emergency tree works go to plan, Surrey County Council has said.

The road, serving Woolmer Hill School, has been closed since Sunday, October 4, after council contractor Kier removed one felled tree but discovered more were in danger of collapse.

A county council spokesman said: "The tree surgeons on site didn’t feel as though three trees on the bank were safe so the decision was taken to keep the road closure on.

"The remaining trees require specialist equipment to carry out the works safely which include a digger, crane and cherry picker.

"The works are scheduled for Monday, October 10. All going well they will be able to re-open the road on this date."

The spokesman added Woolmer Hill School are being kept up-to-date, and has been advised to contact parents and school bus providers to inform them to access the school entrance from the Sandy Lane end.

"There is a full diversion in place and multiple signs warning motorists that they cannot access the school from Haslemere along with signs telling people they cannot access Haslemere from Woolmer Hill Road," the spokesman continued.

"The site is currently being checked every day."

Meanwhile, a resident of Woolmer Hill Road has expressed concern at the amount of time it has taken to make the trees safe, and the risk posed to nearby homes and schoolchildren.

Alison Walker, who also shared the attached image with the Herald, said on Friday: "I actually think it is now looking worse than it did a week ago.

"I can’t believe they are allowing what they have said are four dangerous trees to tower over the road, hundreds of school children, and our house for what will be 11 or 12 days."

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