Leigh garden exposed to railway line for four years... and engineers only repaired the wall after son's toys were found on tracks

Southend Standard: Relieved – Rebecca Mansfield and her son George behind the new fence Relieved – Rebecca Mansfield and her son George behind the new fence

ENGINEERS have finally put up a fence to block access to the railway line after workers spotted a boy’s toys on the tracks.

Rebecca Mansfield’s back garden in The Gardens, off Leigh Hill, Leigh, has been exposed to the track for four years and has only now been fenced off after her son George’s toys were found on the line.

The previous wall had to be removed after it became damaged by ivy, shrubs and trees and Ms Mansfield has since persistently called Network Rail to get something done.

The temporary fence was only put up after workers from the construction firm Amco spotted the five-yearold’s toys on the tracks.

Ms Mansfield said: “I’ve been able to walk out on to the train tracks for four years now and been terrified my son is going to walk on to the tracks and get himself killed.

“In November, they sent people round to clear the ivy, but left the border in a pretty bad state.

“It was only at the beginning of February that some people from Amco were walking past and saw how dangerous it was, because all my son’s toys had fallen off the patio, so they put up a temporary fence.

“Network Rail then put up a larger temporary fence last week and it’s secure now, at least, but it’s still dangerous because my garden is starting to collapse due to the lack of a retaining wall.

“I just can’t believe it’s taken them four years to sort out something as dangerous as this.”

A spokesman for Network Rail said it was looking into a permanent solution.

He added: “The boundary with Ms Mansfield’s house should not have been left in this state and we are sorry that this has happened. Our engineering team put up a temporary fence last week and will be visiting this week to discuss and decide upon a permanent fix.”

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9:02am Thu 3 Apr 14

Jack222 says...

So why couldn't she put up a cheap temporary fence if it's that dangerous?
So why couldn't she put up a cheap temporary fence if it's that dangerous? Jack222
  • Score: 23

9:14am Thu 3 Apr 14

w-jback says...

That Kids a bit young to be smoking too!
That Kids a bit young to be smoking too! w-jback
  • Score: 5

10:40am Thu 3 Apr 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Words fail me, what on earth was Mum thinking ? she should have got a fence, it is her garden, with a duty of care for the Boy.Wonder what their house is like, if they consider having no fence is OK, Social services will be looking into this accident waiting to happen, your idea of a bit of publicity has just bitten you, on the proverbial...
Words fail me, what on earth was Mum thinking ? she should have got a fence, it is her garden, with a duty of care for the Boy.Wonder what their house is like, if they consider having no fence is OK, Social services will be looking into this accident waiting to happen, your idea of a bit of publicity has just bitten you, on the proverbial... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 7

12:04pm Thu 3 Apr 14

pembury53 says...

the affluent dwellers of the leigh gardens can surely afford a bit of fence...
the affluent dwellers of the leigh gardens can surely afford a bit of fence... pembury53
  • Score: 2

12:23pm Thu 3 Apr 14

profondo asbo says...

network rail are the worst neighbours. they are completely unresponsive, turn a blind eye to vandalism of your property that occurs from trackside and what little tree/undergrowth maintenance they do appears to be completely random.
network rail are the worst neighbours. they are completely unresponsive, turn a blind eye to vandalism of your property that occurs from trackside and what little tree/undergrowth maintenance they do appears to be completely random. profondo asbo
  • Score: 5

12:23pm Thu 3 Apr 14

marshman says...

Unbelievable.

All I can think to say is that Mum has a great deal of patience and the son must be an extremely well behaved little boy. Thank God this hasn't ended tragically and is starting to come right now.
Unbelievable. All I can think to say is that Mum has a great deal of patience and the son must be an extremely well behaved little boy. Thank God this hasn't ended tragically and is starting to come right now. marshman
  • Score: 4

3:05pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
Words fail me, what on earth was Mum thinking ? she should have got a fence, it is her garden, with a duty of care for the Boy.Wonder what their house is like, if they consider having no fence is OK, Social services will be looking into this accident waiting to happen, your idea of a bit of publicity has just bitten you, on the proverbial...
oh belt up. You're rambling again.

Hateful, ridiculous person. You are always slagging people off. When I do it it's called for because people like you are beneath contempt.

She was promised a fence and didn't get it or can't you read properly.

And it is their responsibility to make the railway safe. Why should she fork out.

Just crawl off down the hole you just came out of.
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Words fail me, what on earth was Mum thinking ? she should have got a fence, it is her garden, with a duty of care for the Boy.Wonder what their house is like, if they consider having no fence is OK, Social services will be looking into this accident waiting to happen, your idea of a bit of publicity has just bitten you, on the proverbial...[/p][/quote]oh belt up. You're rambling again. Hateful, ridiculous person. You are always slagging people off. When I do it it's called for because people like you are beneath contempt. She was promised a fence and didn't get it or can't you read properly. And it is their responsibility to make the railway safe. Why should she fork out. Just crawl off down the hole you just came out of. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -4

3:51pm Thu 3 Apr 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
carnmountyouknowitma

kessense
wrote:
Words fail me, what on earth was Mum thinking ? she should have got a fence, it is her garden, with a duty of care for the Boy.Wonder what their house is like, if they consider having no fence is OK, Social services will be looking into this accident waiting to happen, your idea of a bit of publicity has just bitten you, on the proverbial...
oh belt up. You're rambling again.

Hateful, ridiculous person. You are always slagging people off. When I do it it's called for because people like you are beneath contempt.

She was promised a fence and didn't get it or can't you read properly.

And it is their responsibility to make the railway safe. Why should she fork out.

Just crawl off down the hole you just came out of.
Gandy, a name I once held in high regard, spouting off like a wretched failed MP
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Words fail me, what on earth was Mum thinking ? she should have got a fence, it is her garden, with a duty of care for the Boy.Wonder what their house is like, if they consider having no fence is OK, Social services will be looking into this accident waiting to happen, your idea of a bit of publicity has just bitten you, on the proverbial...[/p][/quote]oh belt up. You're rambling again. Hateful, ridiculous person. You are always slagging people off. When I do it it's called for because people like you are beneath contempt. She was promised a fence and didn't get it or can't you read properly. And it is their responsibility to make the railway safe. Why should she fork out. Just crawl off down the hole you just came out of.[/p][/quote]Gandy, a name I once held in high regard, spouting off like a wretched failed MP carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 0

3:56pm Thu 3 Apr 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
carnmountyouknowitma

kessense
wrote:
Words fail me, what on earth was Mum thinking ? she should have got a fence, it is her garden, with a duty of care for the Boy.Wonder what their house is like, if they consider having no fence is OK, Social services will be looking into this accident waiting to happen, your idea of a bit of publicity has just bitten you, on the proverbial...
oh belt up. You're rambling again.

Hateful, ridiculous person. You are always slagging people off. When I do it it's called for because people like you are beneath contempt.

She was promised a fence and didn't get it or can't you read properly.

And it is their responsibility to make the railway safe. Why should she fork out.

Just crawl off down the hole you just came out of.
I hear the fence Police are now involved, looking for some shady figure called Ivy
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Words fail me, what on earth was Mum thinking ? she should have got a fence, it is her garden, with a duty of care for the Boy.Wonder what their house is like, if they consider having no fence is OK, Social services will be looking into this accident waiting to happen, your idea of a bit of publicity has just bitten you, on the proverbial...[/p][/quote]oh belt up. You're rambling again. Hateful, ridiculous person. You are always slagging people off. When I do it it's called for because people like you are beneath contempt. She was promised a fence and didn't get it or can't you read properly. And it is their responsibility to make the railway safe. Why should she fork out. Just crawl off down the hole you just came out of.[/p][/quote]I hear the fence Police are now involved, looking for some shady figure called Ivy carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 0

6:51pm Thu 3 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

profondo asbo wrote:
network rail are the worst neighbours. they are completely unresponsive, turn a blind eye to vandalism of your property that occurs from trackside and what little tree/undergrowth maintenance they do appears to be completely random.
Brother can you spare a platform ticket.
[quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: network rail are the worst neighbours. they are completely unresponsive, turn a blind eye to vandalism of your property that occurs from trackside and what little tree/undergrowth maintenance they do appears to be completely random.[/p][/quote]Brother can you spare a platform ticket. ThisYear
  • Score: 0

6:53pm Thu 3 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
carnmountyouknowitma

kessense
wrote:
Words fail me, what on earth was Mum thinking ? she should have got a fence, it is her garden, with a duty of care for the Boy.Wonder what their house is like, if they consider having no fence is OK, Social services will be looking into this accident waiting to happen, your idea of a bit of publicity has just bitten you, on the proverbial...
oh belt up. You're rambling again.

Hateful, ridiculous person. You are always slagging people off. When I do it it's called for because people like you are beneath contempt.

She was promised a fence and didn't get it or can't you read properly.

And it is their responsibility to make the railway safe. Why should she fork out.

Just crawl off down the hole you just came out of.
"Hateful, ridiculous person. You are always slagging people off. When I do it it's called for because people like you are beneath contempt"

Matron Oh Matronnnnnn, Kims got out again.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Words fail me, what on earth was Mum thinking ? she should have got a fence, it is her garden, with a duty of care for the Boy.Wonder what their house is like, if they consider having no fence is OK, Social services will be looking into this accident waiting to happen, your idea of a bit of publicity has just bitten you, on the proverbial...[/p][/quote]oh belt up. You're rambling again. Hateful, ridiculous person. You are always slagging people off. When I do it it's called for because people like you are beneath contempt. She was promised a fence and didn't get it or can't you read properly. And it is their responsibility to make the railway safe. Why should she fork out. Just crawl off down the hole you just came out of.[/p][/quote]"Hateful, ridiculous person. You are always slagging people off. When I do it it's called for because people like you are beneath contempt" Matron Oh Matronnnnnn, Kims got out again. ThisYear
  • Score: 2

8:56pm Thu 3 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Is it The Mums fault..or Network Rail 4 years is a long time but i don't think i will be taking sides on this one..i am staying on the fence.
Is it The Mums fault..or Network Rail 4 years is a long time but i don't think i will be taking sides on this one..i am staying on the fence. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 0

7:54am Fri 4 Apr 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
carnmountyouknowitma


kessense
wrote:
Words fail me, what on earth was Mum thinking ? she should have got a fence, it is her garden, with a duty of care for the Boy.Wonder what their house is like, if they consider having no fence is OK, Social services will be looking into this accident waiting to happen, your idea of a bit of publicity has just bitten you, on the proverbial...
oh belt up. You're rambling again.

Hateful, ridiculous person. You are always slagging people off. When I do it it's called for because people like you are beneath contempt.

She was promised a fence and didn't get it or can't you read properly.

And it is their responsibility to make the railway safe. Why should she fork out.

Just crawl off down the hole you just came out of.
I hear the fence Police are now involved, looking for some shady figure called Ivy
I've seen her, a creepy looking sort...
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Words fail me, what on earth was Mum thinking ? she should have got a fence, it is her garden, with a duty of care for the Boy.Wonder what their house is like, if they consider having no fence is OK, Social services will be looking into this accident waiting to happen, your idea of a bit of publicity has just bitten you, on the proverbial...[/p][/quote]oh belt up. You're rambling again. Hateful, ridiculous person. You are always slagging people off. When I do it it's called for because people like you are beneath contempt. She was promised a fence and didn't get it or can't you read properly. And it is their responsibility to make the railway safe. Why should she fork out. Just crawl off down the hole you just came out of.[/p][/quote]I hear the fence Police are now involved, looking for some shady figure called Ivy[/p][/quote]I've seen her, a creepy looking sort... Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 0

10:23pm Fri 4 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
carnmountyouknowitma

kessense
wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
carnmountyouknowitma



kessense
wrote:
Words fail me, what on earth was Mum thinking ? she should have got a fence, it is her garden, with a duty of care for the Boy.Wonder what their house is like, if they consider having no fence is OK, Social services will be looking into this accident waiting to happen, your idea of a bit of publicity has just bitten you, on the proverbial...
oh belt up. You're rambling again.

Hateful, ridiculous person. You are always slagging people off. When I do it it's called for because people like you are beneath contempt.

She was promised a fence and didn't get it or can't you read properly.

And it is their responsibility to make the railway safe. Why should she fork out.

Just crawl off down the hole you just came out of.
I hear the fence Police are now involved, looking for some shady figure called Ivy
I've seen her, a creepy looking sort...
Kim or Ivy?
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Words fail me, what on earth was Mum thinking ? she should have got a fence, it is her garden, with a duty of care for the Boy.Wonder what their house is like, if they consider having no fence is OK, Social services will be looking into this accident waiting to happen, your idea of a bit of publicity has just bitten you, on the proverbial...[/p][/quote]oh belt up. You're rambling again. Hateful, ridiculous person. You are always slagging people off. When I do it it's called for because people like you are beneath contempt. She was promised a fence and didn't get it or can't you read properly. And it is their responsibility to make the railway safe. Why should she fork out. Just crawl off down the hole you just came out of.[/p][/quote]I hear the fence Police are now involved, looking for some shady figure called Ivy[/p][/quote]I've seen her, a creepy looking sort...[/p][/quote]Kim or Ivy? ThisYear
  • Score: -1

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