Storm alert public encouraged to trimm branches before next Hurricane

Following the passage of Hurricane Franklin and Post Tropical Storm Idalia, the Ministry of Public Works is issuing a timely tree trimming reminder for residents.

The Ministry notes that it is aware of the current overgrowth of vegetation and tree branches, which have encroached into the island’s sidewalks and roadways.

A Ministry spokesperson said, “While the Ministry has worked tirelessly to trim back those problem areas, residents are reminded that they too have a responsibility to cut back their overhanging trees and branches – particularly those that impede pedestrians and motorists. Residents are reminded that they are required to keep their roadside hedges trimmed. They will receive a friendly reminder but in the cases where the threat to safe passage is apparent – Public Works will cut the offending tress at a cost to the owner of $1,000 per hour.”

The Ministry confirmed that in recent weeks, they have conducted trimming and sweeping works in the following areas:

  • Cavendish Road
  • Some areas along Middle Road
  • Paget stop lights to Cobb’s Hill
  • Manse Road
  • Chapel Road
  • The Causeway & Blue Hole Hill
  • Middle Road near Barnes’ Corner heading towards Industrial Road
  • Somerset Road near Scaur Hill; and
  • Barker’s Hill, North Shore Road

Additional works are planned, however due to increased rainfall, overgrowth has spread faster than usual. In that regard, the public’s cooperation and patience are encouraged as the Ministry work crews address these areas.

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