High winds in the early summer split a 50 ft high willow by All Saints Church, Hartford, depositing a major trunk and branches across the busy Great Ouse river.
Some weeks on, all efforts to speed its removal have failed. County Councillor Mike Shellens suspects that Environment Agency are hard pressed for funds and are playing down the hazard.
Regular river users have pointed out that a water surge from upstream will pile debris around it so creating a dam that could well cause local flooding. Moreover they question whether EA has sufficiently robust machinery based locally to cut up and dispose of the obstruction.
According to District Councillor Mike Humphrey, Covid19 and lockdown have reduced the seasonal tourist traffic along the river but already there are signs that business is picking up and with ‘staycation’ becoming the norm, the river could soon be very busy.
So come on EA, get your act together before we have a boating accident on our doorstep.