Campaign success as Network Rail land in Bounds Green finally cleared

The Network Rail land alongside the alleyway, now clear of rubbish thanks to a campaign by Lynne Featherstone MP and local residents. Network Rail land in Bounds Green has finally been cleared of rubbish and weeds, following a campaign by Lynne Featherstone MP and local residents.

The land runs alongside a much-used alleyway, which connects Bounds Green Road with Bowes Park station, and then extends into Enfield towards the North Circular.

Residents approached the Liberal Democrat MP earlier this year to complain about the state of the alleyway. Since then, the local MP has made numerous representations to the council and held a residents meeting on site with Network Rail.

The council responded and cut back overgrowing vegetation on the northern side of the alley. In the last few days, Network Rail also finally cleared their land of the rubbish that had built up, and trimmed back the vegetation.

The MP for Hornsey and Wood Green has now called a further meeting with both the council and Network Rail, to talk about maintaining the alleyway in the future, including any possible improvements.

Lynne Featherstone MP commented:

“For the last few months, I have been working with local residents to get the council and Network Rail to clear up the alleyway and surrounding land.

“Firstly, the council responded and cut back overgrowing vegetation on the northern side of the alley. Now, following a meeting with residents and me, Network Rail have finally cleared their land of the rubbish.

“This is great news – but we must stay vigilant. I have called a meeting with both the council and Network Rail, to talk about the future of the alleyway – and to make sure it doesn’t fall back to its previous state.”

 

Lynne Featherstone MP meets with Network Rail over Bounds Green alleyway mess

Lynne Featherstone MP discusses problems caused by Network Rail’s failure to maintain the land with Network Rail representatives and local residents. Local MP Lynne Featherstone and concerned local residents met with Network Rail yesterday, to demand that they better maintain the land they own in Bounds Green.

Residents have long complained about the build-up of rubbish and waste on the land, which borders a frequently used alleyway. A campaign by residents and Lynne Featherstone MP saw the land cleared in 2003 – but it has since deteriorated again.

At the meeting, residents expressed their continued dissatisfaction with the state of the land, and the MP for Hornsey and Wood Green demanded that the huge piles of rubbish be cleared as soon as possible, and the land maintained regularly.

Network Rail agreed to this, and further agreed to work with residents, the MP and the council to keep the land properly maintained in the future.

Lynne Featherstone MP commented:

“It shouldn’t take intervention from an MP to get Network Rail to agree to clear up and maintain their land. It is in a terrible state, and it makes the alleyway look dirty and dangerous.

“I am glad that Network Rail agreed to clear the land and to maintain it regularly. I will be keeping a close eye on this to make sure it happens.

“In the long term, I want to push for improvements to the alleyway itself, to make it safer and cleaner. I will be consulting local residents on what they would like to see happen.”