A stalemate has been reached in a bid to remove barriers from around one of Bidefords trees.Town and district councillor Tony Inch said he is fed up with the eyesore plastic barriers erected around the tree near the Kingsley statue on the Quay. These were placed there by Devon County Council (DCC) after the trees roots caused some of the flagstone paving to come up and become a trip hazard. But with a tree protection order on the tree, both the county council and Torridge District Council (TDC) appear to have come to a standstill. Cllr Inch said: There have been barriers around the tree for about two years. Nothing is getting done about it, and its making the whole place look a bit shabby. Ive been trying to get someone to do something for about nine months now. Putting those barriers around it does not solve the problem. From the car park its an eyesore and we need it sorted. Andrew Waite, TDCs property manager, said the barriers were placed there by the county council to prevent trip incidents. He said: In the interest of reducing the long-term visual impact of these barriers, we have tried to seek a resolution to the problem with county officers. However, Torridge have not yet been advised by county as to how they intend to resolve the issue or when the work will commence and it is also not an issue over which we have any direct control. Any works would also have to protect the adjacent tree and its roots. A spokesman for DCC said the authority was working with Torridge to find a solution. He said: The tree was cordoned off for safety reasons because the roots are lifting the footway slabs. Our contractor tried to move the roots by burying them deeper but the problem returned a few months later.