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‘Dangerous’ brick wall crashes down in Forest Fields while row over who should fix it rumbled on

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Neighbours were left fuming after a “dangerous” brick wall that caused fear in the community for years has ended up collapsing.

Families living in Forest Fields said they woke up to find their backyards in “a mess” on Wednesday morning (February 9) with plant pots and fences destroyed by the crash.

Concerns had been raised over the brick wall located between two shared alleyways to the backs of properties on Bradgate Road and Stanley Road.

It is believed that the unstable wall collapsed around 6am on Wednesday, with one resident saying that she heard a “loud noise” coming from her backyard.

Joy Joseph, a mum of three, has described the scene as a “nightmare”, adding: “I have never let my children play in the back yard because we knew it was dangerous.

“It is just a mess – my fence was destroyed and brought my bin to the ground.

“The backyard is all just brick at the moment and it completely blocked the alleyway.

“I will have to take my bins out through the house now.”

The 34-year-old added: “It will take ages to clean up – it is a nightmare.”

Ali Emm, who is just as upset about the damage caused to her backyard, added: “It is devastating.

“The first time I have raised my concerns was back in 2019 and nothing has been done about it.”

Her fence was crushed by the wall, and she now thinks it will cost her over a hundred pounds to get it fixed.

The 41-year-old writer added: “I am a single parent living in Forest Fields – I do not have the time and money to pay for walls and chase people around.

“I knew it was dangerous – the majority of people living here all have children who run up and down the alleyway.

“Thankfully it happened at night, so no children were crushed, and hopefully no cats, but who knows about the latter.”

She also said that a tree that was next to the now collapsed wall was removed, and Ms Emm believes that it potentially caused it to topple sooner.

Plans were approved in July by the City Council to demolish and rebuild a section of the alleyway where the wall needed to be taken down to avoid an uncontrolled collapse.

The wall is owned by the neighbours rather than the local authority, and the City Council said they had to ‘step in as a last resort’.

However, work got delayed and the wall has now collapsed of its own accord.

A Nottingham City Council spokesperson said: “We’re sorry to hear about the collapse and are glad that nobody was injured.

“It has been clear for some time that the condition of this wall needed to be addressed. It is collectively owned by local residents and when this didn’t happen, and as a last resort, the Council stepped in using powers available to local authorities. We served a notice indicating that the work would be done and charged back to the households.

“This has proved difficult given the complexity of arranging the work and the fact that a significant number of residents would not comply with the notice. All had been warned frequently about the potential of collapse and that responsibility belonged to homeowners.

“A local contractor was found but these delays have unfortunately caused the quote to expire. We’ve been in touch with the company again this week and hope to agree a new price so we can press ahead.

“The tree was removed because its growth was putting additional pressure on the wall – had it not been taken out, it’s likely the collapse would have been sooner.”

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