Ash Dieback: more essential tree felling works scheduled


Release date: 22 December 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 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 to ensure we maintain a high number of trees in West Sussex.

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, all subject to factors such as severe weather:

A24 Northbound, Pollards Hill
• 10 to 14 January
• 17 to 21 January
• 24 to 28 January

A24 Southbound, Pollards Hill
• 31 January
• 7 to 11 February

A24 Southbound, Worthing Road
• 1 to 4 February

A24 Southbound, Horsham Bypass
• 14 to 23 February

Easebourne, Dodsley Lane
• 2 to 4 February

Fernhurst, Midhurst Road

• 10 to 11 February

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.

Further details of the County Council's Ash Dieback action plan can be found on our website page.

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