Published: 18 May, 2012
• NETWORK Rail plans to dig up a 25ft-wide strip of land along the embankment southside between Canonbury station and Highbury Grove bridge.
This cuts straight through people’s gardens, in many cases all their garden.
Granted, a new fence is needed along with work to stabilise the embankment but this should have been done when the new Overground tracks and trains were installed.
Now, Network Rail proposes to cause massive disruption and damage to trees, shrubs and flowers, significantly reducing the habitat of many birds and animals.
Come to a public meeting with Network Rail to voice your objections at Highbury Grove School from 6pm to 7.30pm on Thursday.
St Paul’s Road, N1
• EARLY last month Railtrack distributed leaflets to houses along St Paul’s Road, between Harecourt Road and Highbury Grove, about a meeting concerning “essential improvement works” to the fences bordering the North London railway.
The leaflets were dated April 4 and the meeting was on April 12 at Highbury Grove school.
Only a few people went, probably because it was Easter and the school holidays.
The initial proposal was to fence off all the gardens along the boundary line – which is about 50 feet either side of the railway line, and in some cases would go through the back doors of houses around number 180 – to build a hard standing for plant off Harecourt Road, and then do their work clearing up the flytipping – apart from a few plastic bags, there is very little evidence of this – and reinforcing the banking so that the gardens don’t slide onto the railway lines.
They haven’t done that since these houses were built about 160 years ago.
The work was originally scheduled to start at the beginning of May, but has been put back till June.
Railtrack said it would put information in the local press, but nothing has appeared as yet.
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