Search

Council blasted as wall collapses and sends tons of rubble crashing into West Hampstead gardens

PUBLISHED: 13:00 06 February 2014 | UPDATED: 11:42 07 February 2014

The pile of rubble at the end of resident Dan Roman's garden. Picture: Polly Hancock

The pile of rubble at the end of resident Dan Roman's garden. Picture: Polly Hancock

Archant

Furious residents have accused Camden Council of putting their lives at risk after tons of rubble came crashing into gardens when a wall collapsed.

Residents say the wall collapsed after two years of warnings to the council. Picture: Polly Hancock Residents say the wall collapsed after two years of warnings to the council. Picture: Polly Hancock

Sixteen households awoke on Saturday morning to find sheds flattened, decking in pieces and a mountain of bricks at the end of their gardens.

Residents say that, for more than two years, they had warned Camden Council that the wall at the back of properties in Holmdale Road, West Hampstead, was “leaning dangerously”.

Parents had expressed particular concerns as it not only towered over their gardens but also over Emmanuel CE Primary School playground.

But despite the many warnings the wall remained untouched.

The wall was next to a school playground. Picture: Polly Hancock The wall was next to a school playground. Picture: Polly Hancock

Dan Roman, one of the residents who suffered extensive damage to his garden, accused the council of “risking lives”.

“It’s very lucky nobody was hurt or even killed,” he said.

“My young children play where the wall fell down and it’s also right next to a school playground and public open space.

“We’ve been warning the council about this wall for more than two years and they’ve done next to nothing.

“Now we’ve suffered thousands of pounds worth of damage and have tons of rubble as a garden.”

Neighbour Bagrat Tunyan, who awoke to find a collapsed heap of personal items and bricks where his shed used to be, said he would be seeking compensation.

“It really is lucky nobody was hurt as it is known as an area where children like to play,” he said. “It looks like a war zone now. Thank God we don’t have any children to rescue under there.”

The council said repair work was due to take place at the time that the wall collapsed.

A council spokesman said: “We had arranged for work to be done to the wall to partially rebuild and replace it with fencing on behalf of the school.

“This work was about to start and we sought permission for access to private gardens from 16 homeowners whose gardens back onto the wall.

“Following the collapse, the reasons for which are being established, we arranged for the site to be made safe and will proceed with plans to replace the wall.”

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

10:18

Highgate Primary School has received a donation of 100 trees to help transform the site into a greener and healthier space.

Yesterday, 18:07

The Labour Party’s national executive committee (NEC), including leader Jeremy Corbyn, have voted to ask Haringey Council to stop the controversial Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV).

Yesterday, 11:52

Police are appealing for information after a 15-year-old girl was raped in Crouch End in December.

Yesterday, 09:40

A police manhunt is underway for a 21-year-old who failed to turn up to court on seven charges of robbery in Highgate, Muswell Hill and Crouch End.

Yesterday, 09:33

The future is bright for Hawley Primary School following the official opening of its new building.

Holocaust survivor Anita Lasker-Wallfisch who played in the women’s orchestra at Auschwitz will join other survivors at an event to commemorate this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day at JW3, the London Jewish Cultural Centre,in Hampstead.

Mon, 10:16

Students from Portland Place School have demonstrated their support for anti-bullying by winning first place in the ‘odd socks day challenge’.

On Monday January 15, the BBC featured the enforcement of council tax in its Inside Out London programme.

PROMOTED CONTENT

For people who suffer with feet problems, it is often difficult to find footwear that is both comfortable and stylish. There is a shop in the West End dedicated to changing that.

Toni Krok, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007, has set up a charity to help people living with the condition and their families adjust to the challenges it brings.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now