Ash Dieback: essential tree felling works scheduled


Release date: 16 April 2021

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 up to 95 per cent of Ash trees in this county. 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 on sections of the A24, with new dates now scheduled. Dates have also been programmed for works on the A286 and A29, all subject to factors such as severe weather:

  • 19 to 21 April:  A24 Southbound from Washington Roundabout
  • 22 to 23 April:  A24 Northbound, Glaseby Lane to Washington Roundabout
  • 26 to 30 April:  A24 Northbound from Hop Oast Roundabout
  • 4 to 5 May: A286 Binderton Lane to Church Lane, West Dean
  • 6 to 7 May: A29 Fairmile Bottom at Madehurst

All of the above will involve night-time closures of the sections of road involved and signed diversions.

  • 10 to 11 May, a lane will be closed and temporary traffic lights in place for work on the A29 Northbound at Slindon.

An ornithologist will carry out a survey of each site before work starts to ensure no nesting birds are disturbed.

Notes to editors

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.

Further details of the County Council's Ash Dieback action plan can be found online.

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