ROWERS using the River Trent are having to ‘exercise extreme caution’ when they take part in their sport, after a tree came loose and began floating freely in the water.
The large tree was lodged against one of the pillars until earlier this month, when it came free and has now settled in the centre of the river near top the Ferry Bridge.
The issue has been reported to Staffordshire County Council’s highways department, which deals with such issues, but nothing has yet been done about it.
John Oram, chairman of the Burton-based Trent Rowing Club, said: “We really need to get something done about this tree. It means we have to be extremely careful. We can just get boats either side of it, but when you’re so used to things not being in the river, you could easily go into it. Rowing is a sport in which you go backwards, and although you always look to see if there is anything in the way, collisions do occur. Our man concern is safety of the people.”