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Chatham: Walderslade Woods Road closed until Friday for tree maintenance

By Rachel Dixon

A road will be closed everyday for the rest of this week, for further tree maintenance.

Walderslade Woods Road in Chatham will be shut to traffic from 9am-3pm each day starting tomorrow until Friday, February 15.

The closures are to allow tree surgeons to continue maintenance of the woodlands which line the road.

Tree surgeon cuts branches on Walderslade Woods Road (6931306)
Tree surgeon cuts branches on Walderslade Woods Road (6931306)
Multiple trucks are on Walderslade Woods Road to shred the debris (6931302)
Multiple trucks are on Walderslade Woods Road to shred the debris (6931302)

The trees, in Walderslade Woods Road, took a battering in the snowfall over the weekend of February, 2 and 3.

Many trees fell into the road, some landed on cars and the road was closed for the weekend.

A team of tree surgeons were forced to fell hundreds of the willow and ash saplings as many buckled under the weight of the snow.

The masses of fallen trees have completely blocked Walderslade Woods Road. Pic Thomas Simpson Brown. (7065047)
The masses of fallen trees have completely blocked Walderslade Woods Road. Pic Thomas Simpson Brown. (7065047)

Kent County Council has said it won't be replanting the fallen trees.

MP for Chatham and Aylesford Tracey Crouch has written to KCC to see if they would postpone the works by one week so they coincide with half term when there is typically less traffic.

Following this week's road closure Kent County Council will undertake another assessment of the area to see if any further works are required.

The closure will be from the Boxley Road roundabout to Fossington Way Roundabout.

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