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Greenspace in disrepair: fence down, exposed nails, litter, rats

Reported in the Parks and Greenspace category anonymously at 17:09, Mon 3 February 2020 using FixMyStreet Pro

Sent to Bromley Council 1 minute later

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This patch of green adjacent to 5 Tonge Close has been left in disrepair for over a year now. Parts of the fence have come down and have rusted nails and large splinters. The grass is completely overgrown. Litter accumulates there, and no one ever comes to clear it up. This has attracted rats and foxes to our street.

This is a family-oriented neighbourhood. I have had to stop my three-year-old son from running into this dangerous space many times. It is also on a popular access route for hundreds of local dog owners on their way to Harvington Sports Field.

I believe the sanest and cheapest option would be to remove the fence completely (I believe the fence was only erected due to complaints from residents at number 5 who have long since moved out) then to clear up and cut the grass regularly. It could become a useful community space, but is currently a waste ground.

I understand a neighbour may have raised concerns before. The council apparently used to maintain this patch, but has washed its hands of it. *** It is not enough to simply state it is not your responsibility ***. If it is not your responsibility to maintain, you find out who is, contact them and ensure, with follow-up if necessary, that the clean up is carried out.

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  • Thank you for your report, this is now being investigated. Information on our services and the timeframes we aim to respond in can be found: http://www.bromley.gov.uk/ fixservices

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Bromley Council at 17:11, Mon 3 February 2020

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    Storm Dennis has brought down of this fence.

    Posted anonymously at 18:54, Sun 16 February 2020

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    Getting worse. Whole pathway now blocked with large, rusted nails sticking out of posts. This situation is *URGENT*.

    Posted anonymously at 09:44, Mon 24 February 2020

  • We are continuing to investigate and working to resolve this report

    Posted by Bromley Council at 13:14, Mon 24 February 2020

  • Now over five weeks since original report with no results or update at all.

    Posted anonymously at 13:09, Tue 10 March 2020

  • We are continuing to investigate and working to resolve this report

    Posted by Bromley Council at 14:15, Tue 17 March 2020

  • Sent reminder to contractors Riney to supply quote for fence which was requested by area inspector on the 06/04/2020

    Posted anonymously at 13:11, Wed 6 May 2020

  • Due to covid 19 we are still awaiting an update for the fence to be reerected

    Posted anonymously at 11:15, Wed 27 May 2020

  • When I spoke to the previous area manager in the phone, he said that the remaining fence would be removed and the green space cleaned up and mowed. He did not say the fence would be replaced. The residents I've spoken to do not want a fence. If the fence is re-erected but the green space left as is, it does not solve the problem of litter, foxes and rats, and the site cannot be used for residents. Simply removing the fence and clearing up the space will be cheaper for the council and better for the residents. This information obviously has not made it through from the predecessor. Please reconsider.

    Posted anonymously at 12:18, Wed 27 May 2020

  • Contractors are chasing estimate from there finance team that requires approval

    Posted anonymously at 13:34, Tue 7 July 2020

  • We are continuing to investigate and working to resolve this report

    Posted by Bromley Council at 06:35, Thu 19 November 2020

  • Our contractor has been notified to take the appropriate action.

    Posted by Bromley Council at 09:51, Wednesday 21 April 2021

  • Appropriate action has been taken to resolve the issue.

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted by Bromley Council at 08:29, Saturday 5 June 2021

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