The big clean up starts as strong winds batter Thornbury

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By Trucks79 | Sunday, January 08, 2012, 10:51

Following on from the strong winds that parts of the UK including Thornbury witnessed at the start of the week the clean-up process is now well underway.

With fences blown down, trees laying on roads and paths and a number of householders reporting a loss of TV services, tradesmen and hardware stores and timber merchants in and around Thornbury are certainly reaping the benefits. Broadcaster BSKYB reported much higher than usual call volumes as a direct result of severe weather across parts of the country and routine installations have been delayed in some areas due to a back log caused by the severe weather.

On the broadcasters website the broadcaster said "Gales, snowfall or heavy rain can affect your signal but your viewing should return to normal when the weather improves. Sometimes dishes can be pushed out of alignment by strong winds or a weight of snow sitting on the dish, and this may mean that even after the weather clears you are unable to watch some channels and see the "No Satellite Signal" message on your TV screen. Please note that we do not advise attempting to realign the Sky dish yourself, as this should be carried out by a professional engineer, and in high winds it can be dangerous to try and access a dish on a wall, rooftop or chimney"

Meanwhile Thornbury's hardware merchant Hawkins of Thornbury has reported a slight rise in sales following the strong winds at the start of the week.

If you are yet to repair any damage caused by the weather this week then why not take a look at our local on-line business directory where you will find details on all the local companies in and around Thornbury from hardware stores, landscape gardeners and television aerial installers. Not only will you be able to find their contact details but you will also be able to view independent views that have been left by other local people. You can also quickly and easily submit your own local business reviews in order to help other potential customers make the right choice.

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    Did you notice how one of the trees which came down was the St. Mary's Church horse chestnut. The obvious public danger, which it presented, was pointed out on YouTube 14 months earlier.

    Yet South Gloucestershire Council's tree officer and Thornbury's former vicar had been more concerned with ensuring that the much less precarious Glebe Field sycamore, across the road, was felled.

    To justify that tree's destruction, the council officer merely, and cynically, rehashed the wording of the report from the arboriculturist, who had been commissioned to rationalise the felling.

    As for the church official, he was quoted in the Thornbury Gazette (12 January 2009) as saying "I'm sad to see the tree go, but I know that it was getting dangerous and there is a duty of care to those walking and driving past".

    Yet he seemed to have little regard for the risk to the public, caused by the tree in his own churchyard. Clearly he was in no position to cast the first stone (and that's a reference from a book, with which he ought to have been more familiar). The people of Thornbury should be more concerned with tree management in town, because, when it comes to determining appropriate action, those in positions of authority seem to be as stumped as that once magnificent sycamore.

    By Bland_Media at 14:47 on 10/01/12

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