Ipswich: Parks and cemeteries to remain closed into tomorrow as safety assessments take place

Christchurch Park.

Christchurch Park.

Parks and cemeteries in Ipswich will remain closed into tomorrow to allow safety assessments to take place, the borough council has announced.

Workers have dealt with a number of fallen trees and branches but other trees may have been weakened and left in a dangerous condition because of this morning’s storm.

Park staff have been kept busy clearing trees from public areas from across the town today. A partially-felled tree outside Crown Pools caused some disruption while other trees came down at Gainsborough Sports Centre, but services at both facilities were unaffected.

Emergency services centre and contact centre staff at the council dealt with about 1,100 calls in the first three-and-a-half hours of the day.

Services at the Crematorium also went ahead, with people attended being guided by council staff.

A council spokesman said: “Expert staff will be on hand in our parks and at our cemeteries over the next few days to check the health of any trees weakened in the storm.

“We will continue to monitor the situation but any decision to reopen them will be made in the light of public safety concerns. We will provide further updates at regular intervals.”

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