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Fears for safety of children after massive branch falls near school | #schoolsaftey


Andrew Leeser has lived at his Quarry Road property for three years, bordering a path through Town Gardens.

At around 7am on the morning of Friday, June 16, a large tree branch fell on the side wall of his house – when there were no severe weather conditions to cause it.

“I was still in bed when I heard a massive thump and came outside to find a few people gathered around it,” said Andrew.

Swindon Advertiser: The large branch suddenly fell at 7am on Friday morning.The large branch suddenly fell at 7am on Friday morning. (Image: Andrew Leeser)

“It was worrying as there were no high winds at the time.

“I have never seen anything like this before and that is concerning.”

The 65-year-old is now fearful that history could repeat itself and someone could be seriously hurt.

He’s particularly worried with Lethbridge Primary School nearby, and parents using the path to get to and from the school.

Swindon Advertiser: Andrew fears that children and parents could be hurt by branches given the close proximity of Lethbridge Primary School.Andrew fears that children and parents could be hurt by branches given the close proximity of Lethbridge Primary School. (Image: Newsquest)

“These are big heavy trees that are likely to be over 100 years old and it would kill someone if a branch like that landed on them,” said Andrew.

“There is the primary school very close to here and a lot of parents use the place as a cut through.

“By 8.30am this part of the road is busy with mums, pushchairs and kids going to the local primary school.”

There are around eight trees of this size that are located on the border of Quarry Road and Town Gardens.

Swindon Advertiser: The tree was cut up and cleared from Quarry Road.The tree was cut up and cleared from Quarry Road. (Image: Newsquest)

Within a couple of hours the branch had been chopped up and cleared away but Andrew believes it could happen again.

“The weather was great on the day in question, there is no apparent reason a live branch should have fallen bar poor tree maintenance,” he said.

“This event was a let off, the council responsible need to ensure that the trees in Town Gardens are properly maintained.”

Swindon Advertiser: The large branch fell from this tree on Quarry Road.The large branch fell from this tree on Quarry Road. (Image: Newsquest)

The Adver approached South Swindon Parish Council for comment.

A Parish Council Spokesperson said: “Parish Staff from the Town Gardens cleared the road by 8am. Our reports from residents say that the branch only hit the road and no property damage was reported.

“The trees in the park were inspected last year and no faults were found. We have brought forward our 18 month inspections for the trees in the Town Gardens and the results of these inspections will dictate if any remedial work is required.”





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