Dangerous and neglected National Trust wall falling onto busy road

February 25, 2010


This is a National Trust owned wall and is a retaining wall for the Battle
Axes field on the busy B3130.


It is in a state of disrepair and after partial collapse, a member of the
public pushed it to the side of the road. A week later it is still there – since
original publication, it has been repaired.


The security and safety of Tyntesfield was one of the prime responsibilities
of the maintenance person (me). This wall was flagged up some years ago and
several surveyors from the Trust were taken to see it.


Nothing has been done, so perhaps before something serious happens a good
walling firm could be recommended to the Trust?


Perhaps the National Trust should also pay heed to some legal proceedings
currently going on in London.


Camden Council is currently in court pleading not guilty having been accused
of causing the death of a two-year-old boy.


Saurav Ghai died after being crushed to death by a wall back in 2007 and an
inquest raised concerns about the safety of the wall.


Camden Council appeared at City of London Magistrates’ Court charged with
breaching section 33.1 (a) of the Health and Safety at Work Act.