Storm Arwen clean up begins after tree falls on newly-installed play equipment at Clitheroe park

Clean-up work is continuing across the Ribble Valley as a result of damage caused by Storm Arwen on Friday and Saturday.

By Faiza Afzaal
Monday, 29th November 2021, 9:14 am

Roads were closed, events were cancelled and some transport services suspended as a result of the strong winds and sleet which first arrived in the rural borough on Friday.

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Work began over the weekend to clear debris and repair the damage caused, while some homes in villages were without power as a result of the extreme weather.

Heavy winds brought down trees including one on a newly-revamped Clitheroe park. Chester Avenue play area only opened last month after a major makeover programme. The playground had been refurbished and boasted a new inclusive orbit roundabout, a climbing ledge, wooden trail equipment and two seats for those accompanying children to the playground.

The toppled tree. Picture by David Bleazard