Safety fears over fallen tree at footpath
Published on: 26 Feb 2018
WARNING notices which have been put up to stop people using a dangerous footpath at a Downend beauty spot are being ignored.
Members of Friends of Lincombe Barn Park and Woods were dismayed to see a large oak tree had fallen and blocked Jubilee Walkway alongside the River Frome, in between Lincombe Barn Park and Frenchay Bridge.
The tree fell after two nights of very strong winds in early January and took large sections of path with it.
Official notices were put up either end of the path along with tape to stop people using the walkway but are being ignored.
The tree cannot be removed until it has been inspected by the Environment Agency but meanwhile people are being advised to stay away for their own safety.
Diane Paddon, secretary of the Friends group, said: "A member reported the fallen oak tree over Jubilee Walkway to South Gloucestershire Council on January 7 and, concerned for people’s safety, subsequently put up temporary warning notices.
"We were informed that the safety issue caused by damage to the path will be investigated by South Gloucestershire Council and that the oak would have to remain where it is until the Environment Agency have inspected it.
"Our warning notices were replaced by official notices and the path was taped off; however the tape has been broken and people are still using Jubilee Walkway. The Friends group are very concerned for people’s safety and have requested that this is dealt with as a matter of urgency."
A South Gloucestershire Council spokesman said: "We are aware of the fallen tree located on a footpath alongside the River Frome in Downend, on our border with Bristol. The matter is currently with the Environment Agency, who are currently assessing the fallen tree and will decide if any action is necessary.
"Our officers have assessed the damaged footpath and are arranging for its repair and this will be completed as soon as possible.
"We have put up notices to advise footpath users of the closure. The weir remains accessible from Frenchay Bridge."
The Friends group had recently secured funding to improve signage and accessibility around the woods but this will be put on hold as the safety issue of the path takes priority.
Look out for the wildflower meadow
THE Friends of Lincombe Barn Park and Woods are looking forward to seeing the new wildflower meadow begin to burst into bloom this year, though it will take a few years to fully mature.
Upcoming events include Star Gazing with a local astronomer (limited places) on Friday February 23 from 7.30-9pm.
There will also be a Spring Clean/Litter Pick from 10am-1pm Saturday March 17; a Dawn Chorus at 5am Saturday April 21; and a Bat Talk on Friday May 18 from 7-8pm.
A Tree Talk takes place on Saturday June 2 from 10.30am-noon.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit lincombeparkwoods.wix.com/lincombe-woods for details.