UPDATE: Church grounds reopened following removal of dangerous tree

The rear entrance to St Bride’s on Catherine Street where the damaged tree has restricted access to the grounds.

The rear entrance to St Bride’s on Catherine Street where the damaged tree has restricted access to the grounds.

UPDATE 09/01/19: The dangerous tree has now been removed and the grounds are open as usual.

We are sorry that it is necessary to restrict access to the church grounds for a short time while we assess and remedy the damage to a tree near our rear gate on Catherine Street, writes Dave Bradley, our Church Warden:

Two large branches have come down and there is clearly rot in the trunk. People using the building can enter as normal through the front gate on Percy Street but it will not be possible to go around the back, which is taped off. 

If the tree falls it will not be towards the pavement. There is therefore no danger to the public so long as they respect the closure of the grounds, or to people accessing the church building so long as they stay away from the taped off area. 

Our view is that the tree cannot be saved. Trees at St. Bride’s have protected status which means the Council has to give permission for work on them. We have reported the situation to the Council and await a response.

Watch this space for further updates.