Ash Dieback: additional tree felling works scheduled

Further essential work is ongoing to remove Ash trees which could pose a risk to road users because of Ash Dieback infection and the potential for branches to fall into the road.

Ash Dieback is a highly destructive disease which, sadly, is predicted to kill a high number of Ash trees across the country. Removing infected trees is the best way to avoid spread of the disease. We have a tree planting policy strategy to ensure we maintain a high number of trees in West Sussex.

To continue to keep the road network safe, the County Council needs to fell severely infected trees. Their removal will open the area to light and allow natural regeneration of trees from the existing seed source.

Felling works have been ongoing across West Sussex, with new dates now scheduled, all subject to factors such as severe weather:

A272 Petworth Road, Wisborough Green, Billingshurst
• 22 to 23 February

A286 Cobblers Row, Singleton
• 24 February to 1 April

B2141 East Marden Road to Hill Lane, North Marden
• 21 to 25 March

Haslemere Road, Fernhurst
• 28 to 30 March

A272 Terwick Lane to Old Rectory, Rogate
• 28 to 31 March

A272 from Mills Farm Road to Terwick Hill, Rogate
• 28 to 31 March

A272 London Road to Durdford Lane, Rogate
• 28 to 31 March

All of the above will involve night-time closures of the sections of road involved from 8pm to 6am. Signed diversions will be in place.

Under the Highway Act 1980, West Sussex County Council has a legal duty as a highway authority to ensure the road network remains safe for all users.