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Clean-up ‘shames’ company over mess by rail line

'It turned into a jolly day with so many passers-by stopping to thank us'

31 October, 2019 — By Tom Foot

A LONG strip of railway land has been cleared of tin cans and rubbish by residents wanting to “shame” Network Rail after years of neglect.

More than 40 members of the Combined Residents Associations of South Hampstead (CRASH) bagged up the rubbish next to the children’s playground on Sunday morning. They used rakes and hoes to drag it through holes in the metal fence in Broadhurst Gardens.

“The object of the exercise is to shame Network Rail, who persist in refusing to help keep the area clean and tidy, or even to let us do it,” said CRASH chairman Peter Symonds. “It turned into a jolly day with so many passers-by stopping to thank us for the work we were doing. We plan some further street clean-ups in the spring.”

The government-funded company has ignored calls from residents who are ready to set up and maintain a herb garden there. Katie Gosling, who lives in Canfield Gardens, had hoped to set up “a small but mind-altering” space on the land. Swiss Cottage councillors have said that funding from the council’s ward budgets scheme could be made available for the project.

But Network Rail have so far failed to respond. CRASH’s next project is clearing rubbish away from the “Granny Dripping Steps” near the West Hampstead end of Broadhurst Gardens.

The clean-up was supported by Waitrose and Veolia, which provided brooms, spades, gloves and heavy-duty refuse bags. Network Rail did not respond to the New Journal’s request for a comment

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