Virgin Media workman blamed after tree blown over by high winds in Farnworth

Stewart Crowther with the fallen tree

Stewart Crowther with the fallen tree

First published in News

A TREE was blown down by strong winds — after a workman had chopped part of the tree’s root.

The tree fell just days after a Virgin Media worker had been in Tern Avenue, Farnworth, to replace a phone line.

A spokesman for the company said that the engineer visited the area on August 5 and had to remove a small piece of the tree’s root during the job.

He said: “Part of the cable was close to a small root of a nearby tree and we had to remove a tiny bit of it in order to complete the work. No significant damage was caused to the tree and the cable was reburied.”

A Bolton Council contractor who came to remove the tree said the “severed root” and high winds on August 10 were the likely cause of it falling.

Resident Stewart Crowther, aged 63, said: “I actually wouldn’t have noticed the tree because I always use my back door to leave the house, but my neighbour just rang me up and said ‘look in your garden.’

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12:14pm Sat 16 Aug 14

mrs philainsy says...

A Bolton Council contractor who came to remove the tree said the “severed root” and high winds on August 10 were the likely cause of it falling.




TRANSLATION -

Nowt to do with Bolton Council, so dont put a Compen Claim in.
A Bolton Council contractor who came to remove the tree said the “severed root” and high winds on August 10 were the likely cause of it falling. TRANSLATION - Nowt to do with Bolton Council, so dont put a Compen Claim in. mrs philainsy
  • Score: 14

12:23pm Sat 16 Aug 14

JustBecause says...

Seriously, there is no way virgin could do so much root damage as to cause a tree to fall over, has the world gone that mad ? If you went at the roots with a spade in a deliberate attempt to bring it down you would be there for days......
Seriously, there is no way virgin could do so much root damage as to cause a tree to fall over, has the world gone that mad ? If you went at the roots with a spade in a deliberate attempt to bring it down you would be there for days...... JustBecause
  • Score: 11

1:08pm Sat 16 Aug 14

MrsB11 says...

Ooooh it's all happening today in the BN. First a yucca, then a tree, what next? The anticipation is killing me...
Ooooh it's all happening today in the BN. First a yucca, then a tree, what next? The anticipation is killing me... MrsB11
  • Score: 12

1:11pm Sat 16 Aug 14

pault says...

"No significant damage was caused to the tree" Erm - you killed the tree!???
"No significant damage was caused to the tree" Erm - you killed the tree!??? pault
  • Score: 2

3:26pm Sat 16 Aug 14

duggie67 says...

has anyone been killed, maimed or hurt? no.
has any damage been caused to property? no
did anyone of them plant the tree? no
Why the hell has this made news then?

trees always fall over in hurricane winds, in the storms of '87 trees that had been there 100's of years fell over, God (if he really exists) was to blame for that as well! get over it!!
has anyone been killed, maimed or hurt? no. has any damage been caused to property? no did anyone of them plant the tree? no Why the hell has this made news then? trees always fall over in hurricane winds, in the storms of '87 trees that had been there 100's of years fell over, God (if he really exists) was to blame for that as well! get over it!! duggie67
  • Score: 5

4:11pm Sat 16 Aug 14

boltonnut says...

MrsB11 wrote:
Ooooh it's all happening today in the BN. First a yucca, then a tree, what next? The anticipation is killing me...
Mrs.B you stole my comment,by the way how are your boys doing,has Dermot got a decent job yet.Lol
[quote][p][bold]MrsB11[/bold] wrote: Ooooh it's all happening today in the BN. First a yucca, then a tree, what next? The anticipation is killing me...[/p][/quote]Mrs.B you stole my comment,by the way how are your boys doing,has Dermot got a decent job yet.Lol boltonnut
  • Score: 4

8:22pm Sat 16 Aug 14

JustBecause says...

pault wrote:
"No significant damage was caused to the tree" Erm - you killed the tree!???
The tree has been blown over, it's not dead,! it may be dead in a few weeks if not replanted.

There should be some sort of intelligence test before being able to post, the comments section is getting worse!
[quote][p][bold]pault[/bold] wrote: "No significant damage was caused to the tree" Erm - you killed the tree!???[/p][/quote]The tree has been blown over, it's not dead,! it may be dead in a few weeks if not replanted. There should be some sort of intelligence test before being able to post, the comments section is getting worse! JustBecause
  • Score: 2

7:13am Sun 17 Aug 14

By George says...

Virgin media have the right to dig up roads, and any land to maintain the services without getting permission, they are self regulating ? Question, could the cable have been thread under this small root? Then no damage, or was the worker not trained to do this knowing also no one would reveal this shoddy work unless something went wrong.
Virgin media have the right to dig up roads, and any land to maintain the services without getting permission, they are self regulating ? Question, could the cable have been thread under this small root? Then no damage, or was the worker not trained to do this knowing also no one would reveal this shoddy work unless something went wrong. By George
  • Score: -4

3:26pm Sun 17 Aug 14

alien13 says...

the roots were probably strangling his broadband ,
the roots were probably strangling his broadband , alien13
  • Score: 2

12:44am Mon 18 Aug 14

Lancashire always says...

boltonnut wrote:
MrsB11 wrote:
Ooooh it's all happening today in the BN. First a yucca, then a tree, what next? The anticipation is killing me...
Mrs.B you stole my comment,by the way how are your boys doing,has Dermot got a decent job yet.Lol
Yes he`s a secret tree pusher overer !
[quote][p][bold]boltonnut[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MrsB11[/bold] wrote: Ooooh it's all happening today in the BN. First a yucca, then a tree, what next? The anticipation is killing me...[/p][/quote]Mrs.B you stole my comment,by the way how are your boys doing,has Dermot got a decent job yet.Lol[/p][/quote]Yes he`s a secret tree pusher overer ! Lancashire always
  • Score: 1

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