It’s been a windy couple of weeks. The weekend before last we had vicious gales overnight on Friday.
The winds brought down part of an oak tree on the NHS site. It was a tree that had been partly damaged by a fire in its trunk some while ago.
The gales also further damaged an advertising hoarding overlooking the A49. This sign has not been in use for years and was already looking unsafe. After the overnight gales, it had developed a lean and looked ready to fall. The nails holding the hoarding to the posts were also working their way out of the woodwork.
Viv Parry and I reported the problem to Shropshire Council’s highways team last weekend. Nothing had been done by Thursday, not even to cone the area off. We raised the issue at the In and Out of Ludlow forum that evening. Officers promised immediate action and the sign was taken down on Friday. This was timely as yet again we had major gales at the weekend.
Council officers have advised the NHS to inspect the trees on the edge of the former hospital site.
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