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Station fencing plan challenged

Contractors refurbishing Brookmans Park Station have been measuring up for the erection of a 10-foot fence at the garden side of the car park.

A resident of Westland Drive says she questioned workmen who said they had been asked to quote for erecting a palisade fence from the end of the station car park along the back of houses and ending at the field adjacent to Bluebridge Road

In an e-mail to this site's 'Have Your Say' section the local resident asks whether anyone else is aware of the plan.

"We are currently awaiting comment from WAGN, having pointed out to Balfour Beatty who were found at the end of our gardens measuring up, that a 10' high fence is unnecessary and potentially unsightly," she wrote.

According to the e-mail the construction company said children were allegedly spotted on the railway line in this vicinity and that this would stop that from recurring.

The local resident pointed out that the fence on the opposite side of the track (footpath side) is extremely easily scaled and poses far more of a potential threat than the perfectly adequately fenced ends of gardens.

The refurbishment of the station has been completed on time and has been warmly welcomed by most commuters who previously had no shelter from the elements and had to negotiate uneven surfaces.

Railtrack carried out the work in response to concerns expressed about vandalism and the general deterioration of the property.

A senior Railtrack manager visited the site prior to the renovations to meet local residents and members of the North Mymms Residents' Association to respond to their concerns.

April 3, 2000

Related news items

Station: security concerns raised - February 19, 2000
Toughened glass for station shelters - February 12, 2000
Station renovations continue - Jan 29, 2000
Patrols to target rail vandals - Dec 2, 1999
New station shelter vandalised - Dec 1, 1999
New shelter for station - Nov 29, 1999
Station shelter - work underway - Nov 11, 1999
New waiting room to be built next week - Nov 11, 1999
Station facelift brought forward - Nov 4, 1999
Vandals target station waiting room - Nov 2, 1999
Local residents to meet Railtrack - Oct 15, 1999
Vandalism to track damages train - Sept 9
Railtrack invite feedback on station  -  Sept 5
Railtrack to tackle vandalism  -  August 23, 1999
New plans to beat vandals -  July 13, 1999
Crackdown on station vandalism -  July 9, 1999
Station face-lift hits buffers -  March 19, 1999
WAGN failures -  August 20, 1998
WAGN anger - July 12, 1998

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