Council clears up and calls on landowners to check wind damaged trees
6th October 2014
Following recent high winds last night and this morning (5 - 6 October 2014) The Highland Council is encouraging landowners to check trees and vegetation near to public roads which may have been damaged.
Roads affected by fallen trees include the B862, U1667 and the C1068 and the Council's Community Services staff are continuing to clear debris.
The B862 between Inverness and Fort Augustus was blocked this morning but is now open again. The U1667 Ardachy Road in Fort Augustus and the C1068 Daviot to Balnafoich Road are still blocked and Council staff are in attendance clearing fallen trees.
Chairman of the Council's Community Services Committee, Councillor Graham Mackenzie commended staff working to clear fallen debris at the three locations. He said: "Our Community Services Maintenance staff are doing a great job responding to calls to clear fallen trees off our roads and to have them cleared for us to get out and about on our business today."
William Gilfillan, Highland Council’s Director Community Services added: "Damaged trees and vegetation can cause potential hazards to road users by obstructing the passage of vehicles and pedestrians. The Council is particularly concerned where weakened or damaged branches could subsequently fall on vehicles or pedestrians."
Under Section 91 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 the Council may serve notice on landowners requiring them to take action to remove hazardous or obstructive vegetation. In extreme cases, where there is an imminent danger to the public the Council will take action and landowners will be liable for the cost.
For further information, members of the public requiring advice and guidance on this matter should contact the Council’s Service Centre on 01349 886601.
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