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Manor Park tenants stay indoors because of garden wall collapse fears

PUBLISHED: 17:00 22 July 2012

John Lapping, who lives in a block of flats, has been on at his housing association over a leaning wall in his communal garden which means he cannot allow his disabled wife and grandfather because of fears over their safety.

John Lapping, who lives in a block of flats, has been on at his housing association over a leaning wall in his communal garden which means he cannot allow his disabled wife and grandfather because of fears over their safety.

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A Manor Park tenant is scared to allow his disabled wife and young granddaughter to play in the garden because of the threat posed by a leaning wall.

Full-time carer John Lapping, who lives in a block of flats in Bluebell Avenue, fears the collapse of the towering structure.

A surveyor from estate managers East Thames Housing Association afixed a ‘danger’ sign on the side last winter and has not been back since.

Mr Lapping said: “There is a section of this wall which is at least seven or eight feet high.

“The man from East Thames sent down said something needs to be done about it but I’ve asked and asked for updates and just had nothing back.”

East Thames said the problem has been caused by plant growth on Network Rail-owned neighbouring land at Woodgrange railway station.

Mr Lapping has lived in the block for the last 13 years. His wife has multiple sclerosis, which means she is confined to a wheelchair.

The former council road safety manager said: “I can only let my granddaughter use part of the garden.

“If she or my wife did go out and it did collapse they wouldn’t be able to get out of the way.”

A spokesman for East Thames said it has a follow-up inspection planned.

He said: “The boundary wall has been designated off limits as a precaution and we’ve advised residents to stay clear of this area.

“This is likely to be due to the plant growth on neighbouring land causing direct damage to the structure, and causing the wall to lean slightly.

“The health and safety of our residents is extremely important to us and we will continue to keep them updated on this matter.”


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