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Storm Eunice: Busy day for HTS and Harlow Council

Business / Fri 18th Feb 2022 am28 11:57am

Update from Harlow Council and HTS

HTS have attended to around 60 reports of significant tree damage across the town. There has been no personal injuries reported from these. HTS have worked their way through the reports and prioritised the most important due to the volume of reports. Teams continue to work until it gets dark and will continue to pick up remaining jobs in the morning.

The council continues to strongly advise residents to not go walking in wooded areas or parks.

Reports of loose roof tiles on council properties continue to be received. HTS have attended a council property in Canons Brook which has been damaged by a tree. Temporary heating has been provided to the family and the council’s housing team are assisting the family.

Calls reporting broken fence panels continue to increase with around 80 requests received today. HTS teams have been out today and this work will continue into the weekend and next week. 

HTS will be working over the weekend with an additional 20 staff to help with the clearing up operation. The clear up will roll over into next week.

Harlow Council tenants can report storm damage and emergency repairs to 01279 446666.  

Fallen trees over the weekend can be reported to 01279 446666.

Fallen trees on roads should be reported to Essex Highways on 0345 603 7631.

A further update will be published on Monday 21 February 2022

Update from Harlow Council and HTS

So far HTS have attended to around 45 reports of significant tree damage across the town. Fallen tree reports continue to be received by the council. HTS continue to work their way through the reports to make the trees safe. 

The council continues to strongly advise residents to not go walking in wooded areas or parks.

Reports of loose roof tiles on council properties continue to be received. The council home in Upper Mealines has been attended by HTS and the council’s housing team and the family are being supported. 

Calls reporting broken fence panels continue to increase with over 57 requests received in the last few hours. HTS are sending teams out to make safe during this afternoon. This work will now continue into the weekend.

HTS will be working over the weekend with an additional 15 staff to help with the clearing up operation.

Harlow Council tenants can report storm damage and emergency repairs to 01279 446666.  

Fallen trees can be reported to Contact Harlow on 01279 446655 between 9am and 4.45pm. Outside these hours fallen trees can be reported to 01279 446666.

Fallen trees on roads can also be reported to Essex Highways on 0345 603 7631.

Update from Harlow Council and HTS

1400 hrs

So far HTS have attended to around 30 reports of significant tree damage. HTS are attending to the remainder and are currently on top of making them safe.

The council and HTS expect activity with trees to continue over the next few hours and HTS teams remain on site to do with these as they arise.

The council continues to strongly advising residents to not go walking in wooded areas or parks.

There have so been a few reports of loose roof tiles on council properties. There has been one report of roof damage to a council home in Upper Mealines. HTS have been on site and the council’s housing team is in contact with the family.

Calls reporting broken fence panels have increased with over 35 requests received in the last few hours. HTS are sending teams out to make safe during this afternoon. This work may well continue into the weekend.

Harlow Council tenants can report storm damage and emergency repairs to 01279 446666.

Fallen trees can be reported to Contact Harlow on 01279 446655 between 9am and 4.45pm. Outside these hours fallen trees can be reported to 01279 446666.

Fallen trees on roads can also be reported to Essex Highways on 0345 603 7631.

SO far HTS have had 14 calls to deal with fallen trees, a few of these have been referred to Essex County Council as they relate to highway issues.

HTS are attending to the remainder and are on top of making them safe.

The council and HTS expect more activity with trees over the next few hours and HTS teams remain on site to do with these as they arise.

The council is strongly advising residents to not go walking in wooded areas or parks.

A good number of calls for fallen fences have also been made and HTS are attending to make safe those that cause an obstruction or safety issue.

Harlow Council tenants can report storm damage and emergency repairs to 01279 446666.  

Fallen trees can be reported to Contact Harlow on 01279 446655 between 9am and 4.45pm. Outside these hours fallen trees can be reported to 01279 446666.

Fallen trees on roads can also be reported to Essex Highways on 0345 603 7631.

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7 Comments for Storm Eunice: Busy day for HTS and Harlow Council:

Carol
2022-02-18 14:50:43

Due to the neglect of the council and Essex council to plant younger trees for the future generations over the past 40 years means that the loss of these mature trees will have a detrimental effect on all those creatures that need mature trees to live in and roost in. Look around , where are the younger woodland type trees that will replace these in the coming years? I do not mean all those silly spindly rowan and cherry trees, but the elms, oaks, beech and ash trees. Add to that the ridiculous cult of the so called tree surgeons that just cut down any tree they are asked to rather than pruning it and we are going to be left with empty shade less streets, gardens and parks in the next fifty years. .

Miss Nicola Skinner
2022-02-18 19:44:31

Amazing job you all do and appreciate your hard working efforts...... Well done.. Good Job HTS.... Remember the storm of 1987...i was sweeping leaves in depot.... X council employee...

Miss Nicola Skinner
2022-02-18 19:45:25

Amazing job you all do and appreciate your hard working efforts...... Well done.. Good Job HTS.... Remember the storm of 1987...i was sweeping leaves in depot.... X council employee...

J
2022-02-18 20:10:02

If there’s any logs/branches the council needs to get rid of if they can drop off at my scout hut we’d gladly take them for “looking after”!

Jc
2022-02-19 14:19:52

Sorry but if this council got off their arses in the first & dealt with these problems to trees needing pruning & fences needing to be replaced before this storm then they wouldn't have half as much work to do..some of these trees around the estates haven't been prunned cut back just like the hedges for years properly & now they have got to get up & do their jobs it's too little too late.. The residents of Harlow I know are always asking the council & HTS to do these things but unfortunately they always have one excuse after the other.. personally I think this council is totally UNBELIEVABLE & the people who work for HTS want money for nothing & UNBELIEVABLE..when they proof themselves to really be working with & for the tenents then they should be praised...I'm sure I read that some tenents actually got together to clear a tree that had fallen in their road!! So what does that tell you . A one off time like this storm for them to actually do Some work is not good enough for praising HTS they should be on top of all of this in the first place had enough warning!!

George
2022-02-19 15:59:09

Jc is completely right. HTS was set up as a Busman’s Holiday by the Labour administration. Just look at the general state of the town after years of neglect. It hard to notice the difference after the storm. How much does HTS charge for this crap service. I reckon getting local scouts on Bob a Job would be better. HTS is a total joke at our expense. Does anyone actually manage this outfit?

SM
2022-02-20 07:34:12

Well said Jc. I asked last year about the trees and hedges backing onto our fence..Still waiting unfortunately not being council tenants if our fence or property is damaged they won't assist.

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