Child danger fears after Boxing day snowstorm causes trees to collapse into Mansfield gardens from quarry face

Residents say children’s lives could have been at risk after trees from a quarry face collapsed and came crashing into their gardens during the Boxing Day snowstorm.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 30th December 2014, 2:07 pm

Youngsters’ trampolines and garden sheds were flattened after heavy snow caused the pine trees to slide from the 30m bank into gardens on Millrise Road, Berry Hill.

Joy Stringer, 41 of Millrise Road told how residents along the street endured a sleepless night as the woodland slowly collapsed from 9pm into the early hours.

Mrs Stringer said: “It started snowing and suddenly we heard a load of creaking noises outside.

The quarry wall started to collapse and the trees started falling on top of each other.

“My summer house has been badly damaged and there have been three or four trampolines crushed by the trees.

“It happened during the night, but what if children had been out playing at the time?

“We want to now how safe the quarry wall is and who is responsible for the land.”

Joy and husband Grant moved into their home on the estate built by Taylor Wimpey 10 years ago.

This week residents were left counting the cost as they used chainsaws to clear away tree trunks and branches.

The road forms part of an estate built in the old sandstone quarry.

It is understood The screen of pine trees on the edge of the cliff face, was planted by the quarry company.

Coun Philip Shields, Portfolio Holder for the Environment at Mansfield District Council, said: “Our tree officer and emergency planning officer visited the area following heavy snow and wind, which brought down a number of trees.

“Following the inspection, they found there is no immediate danger to properties.

“We have spoken to residents and explained that we are in the process of obtaining quotes for a tree surgeon to remove the damaged and fallen trees. The work will be carried out as soon as possible.”