Stormy weather continues to cause chaos and shut roads in Fareham

DOWN The fallen tree in Nashe Way, Fareham
DOWN The fallen tree in Nashe Way, Fareham

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A LARGE tree has fallen in a residential area in Fareham.

The 60ft tree came crashing down in Nashe Way earlier this morning, as stormy weather continues to cause chaos.

Workers from Fareham Borough Council have started the process of chopping the tree to pieces to remove it.

Local residents’ Maxine and Gary Cobb said they had been warning the council of the tree potentially being blown over for some time, after they discovered the trees Poplars only have very shallow roots.

Maxine, 49, said: ‘We told the council a couple of years ago and they said there was no problem with the trees. I have been here before when a branch came off in front of the buggy, that’s when I first phoned the council.’

Gary, 56, said: ‘The council sent somebody down earlier this year and they hardly took any off.’

Ward councillor Dave Whittingham said: ‘It has been reported to the council and I have been out to warn people to keep their children away from the area, in case one of the other three trees comes down too. I have been out in my ward this morning and there is water everywhere. The drains are blocked up, it’s quite bad round here.’

Elsewhere in Fareham, Gudge Heath Lane has been blocked by workman who are trying to fix a collapsed sewer.

A 20ft deep hole has been dug in the middle of the road to access the sewer, making it impassible for vehicles.

A diversion has been set up and Southern Water said that it hopes to open the road later on today.