Spectra resident Holly Bannon has lived in the Whiteford Estate in Essex for seven years, but has discovered she can’t navigate some of the county’s roads without crossing the busy A10 often.
She told the Chelmsford Chronicle: “I’ve come across two incidents in the last four months where vehicles have reversed between trees or short distances into the path of cars travelling along the carriageway.
“It’s as if the cones are saying, ‘Watch out, this road’s really busy and we want to get on the motorway’.”
Ms Bannon said that regularly on dry days, she is unable to see the road lines because of construction work.
But, she claims that the visibility is actually worse during wet weather, so more trees have been planted.
She added: “After eight weeks of having that noise and getting stuck in the leaves, I sort of got fed up of complaining because nothing changes.”
Mr Donaghy agrees that it’s difficult to gauge the weather conditions on a roadside because the trees grow so quickly.
But, he adds: “The patchy conditions are frustrating and confusing to people who are trying to drive in the middle of them.”
Trees have been put up as a “temporary measure”, according to the Chelmsford Chronicle.
But, trees planted in summer have to be regularly pruned as their root systems do not work when exposed to muddy conditions.
Mr Donaghy said the need for a green corridor between the A10 and M1 could also come up as the Met Office’s winds are more harsh in the summer.
After further assessment, the county council now says it will not install new trees along the carriageway.
Mr Donaghy added: “It’s not necessary and it’s not something the council is able to take on.”
The stormwater drainage pipe in question runs through the tunnel underneath the A10.
Eagle-eyed drivers spotted the cones there after driving off with views of a green corridor.
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