Harlow Council supporting tenants affected by storm damage
News / Thu 16th Jan 2020 pm31 03:30pm
A TREE has caused damage to a flat in Roman Vale after strong winds from Storm Brendan hit Harlow on Tuesday night.
Police, fire and staff from the council and HTS were on the scene shortly after the incident took place. There were no injuries but one first floor flat has suffered extensive damage.
Council tenants from two properties in the flat block have been temporarily moved out with offers of alternative accommodation being made. Council housing officers visited tenants to provide all residents in the cul-de-sac with support and information and the council will continue to provide support to the tenants affected.
HTS tree surgeons attended last night and have returned this morning to make the property safe. The tree will need to be held in place until early next week when the appropriate equipment will be available to remove it. We apologise for the inconvenience and disruption this may cause.
Councillor Mark Wilkinson, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “Whilst this is a very unfortunate incident I am pleased to see that no one has been hurt as a result. I am also pleased to see such a swift response from both the emergency services and officers from the council and HTS who have made the area safe and provided much-needed support to those residents affected.
“If any other residents in Harlow have concerns about the condition of other trees in the town as a result of Storm Brendan, I would urge them to contact the council so that we can investigate and take appropriate action.”
Firstly, thankfully no one has been hurt. However such accidents are very likely to occur again, all the time Harlow Council do not inspect or carry out regular work to their trees. As the Housing Manager at the Council's Stow office at the time, I can concur with those making comments on facebook, the same thing happened to another tree nearby during the hurricane in 1987. This also fell on to the flats at Roman Vale, fortunately no-one was hurt then either. Whilst it was stormy earlier this week, the wind was nothing like in 1987. Whilst out canvassing members of the Harlow Alliance Party have come across many residents who have concerns about the Council's lack of maintenance to trees, in the past, such work have reduced the likelihood of damage resulting from falling trees or due to root encroachment. We can only hope that in the light what has happened this week Cllr Wilkinson takes a look again at the way that trees across the town are dealt with, at present, reacting to events after they have occurred, rather than being proactive before events like this take place.
Thankfully Mulberry Green is untouched.