A Newmarket resident has slammed a council for leaving a “dangerous” tree stump in the middle of the pavement near a busy road.
Raymond Tate said the stump had been left sticking out of the pavement in Exning Road, near the junction with Corsican Pine Close, since a tree blew down in bad weather about three months ago.
He said the bulk of the tree had been cleared by the council but the stump had been left, causing an obstruction for people walking along the pavement close to nearby traffic.
Mr Tate, who lives in Exning Road, told the Journal that the stump was an “accident waiting to happen” for young children and teenagers, who he had regularly seen playing on the stump.
He said: “The tree was knocked down about three months ago and the stump has been left in the pavement. The council still haven’t done anything about it.
“It is really dangerous. A few days ago, I saw a young lad who was playing on it. He fell off and I had to pull him back off the road.
“I see young people coming out of the pubs at night and trying to climb it and stand on it. Somebody is going to get seriously injured. It’s an accident waiting to happen.”
He added: “Myself and my neighbours have been in touch with the council and they just don’t want to know. My next door neighbour’s fence was damaged and they say they won’t repair it because it was the wind that blew the tree over.”
Mr Tate said two orange barriers had been placed around the stump, but added they would often fall over or end up thrown further away from the stump, or into the road.
“I’ve seen the barrier in my front garden before and seen it end up 25 yards up the road,” he said.
A spokeswoman for Suffolk County Council, which deals with Highways issues, said: “The county council is aware of the tree stump in the verge beside Exning Road and we are currently in the process of arranging for a specialist contractor to reduce the stump to below ground level.
“We hope to have this work carried out in the coming weeks.”