Published: 1 June, 2012
• DOZENS of angry and concerned residents attended a meeting with Network Rail last Thursday about works which threaten their back gardens (Back gardens could be ripped up… as Network Rail plans to strengthen embankment, May 18).
The meeting revealed that what Network Rail terms “minor reprofiling” could result in some gardens being dug up, using a “mini-digger”, to a depth of one-and-a-half feet, with the loss of saplings, plants and shrubs. In some cases, paving or decking put in by residents could be lost – and Network Rail is not intending to pay any compensation.
To add insult to injury, Network Rail intends to take the opportunity to put up the rent residents pay on their gardens.
One positive thing that emerged is that Network Rail has not yet taken a final decision as to whether this “reprofiling” work will be necessary. Pressure from those of us who attended the meeting led to a concession by Network Rail that there will be a further consultation with residents before a final decision is taken.
Network Rail should be under no doubt that residents, and Islington Green Party, will be monitoring the situation carefully.
Islington Green Party