Council supporting tenants affected by storm damage

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A tree has caused damage to a flat in Roman Vale after strong winds from Storm Brendan hit Harlow last night (Tuesday).

Police, fire and staff from the council and HTS were on the scene shortly after the incident took place. There were no injuries but one first floor flat has suffered extensive damage. 

Council tenants from two properties in the flat block have been temporarily moved out with offers of alternative accommodation being made. Council housing officers are visiting this morning (Wednesday) to provide all residents in the cul-de-sac with support and information and the council will continue to provide support to the tenants affected.

HTS tree surgeons attended last night and have returned this morning to make the property safe. The tree will need to be held in place until early next week when the appropriate equipment will be available to remove it. We apologise for the inconvenience and disruption this may cause.

Councillor Mark Wilkinson, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said:

“Whilst this is a very unfortunate incident I am pleased to see that no one has been hurt as a result. I am also pleased to see such a swift response from both the emergency services and officers from the council and HTS who have made the area safe and provided much-needed support to those residents affected.

“If any other residents in Harlow have concerns about the condition of other trees in the town as a result of Storm Brendan, I would urge them to contact the council so that we can investigate and take appropriate action.”