Woman's legal action against Lewisham Council over Grove Park station

Cllr Suzannah Clarke with Karen Galloway

Cllr Suzannah Clarke with Karen Galloway

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A GROVE Park woman is taking legal action after finding out a year-long construction project will build a railway bridge right outside her home.

Karen Galloway, 47, of Amble Court Meadows, says she and her neighbours have not been consulted over the impending work at Grove Park station.

The project is part of the government's Access for All scheme, installing lifts, removing ramps and demolishing the old bridge.

But Ms Galloway, an epileptic, said she feared the construction would bring on an attack. She said: "My 80-year-old father had to travel miles from Scotland to come and look after me.

"The stress of it is making me unwell."

The NHS worker, who is now launching legal action against Lewisham Council, said: "They'll be working for a year at least and after that I'll have this big bridge obstructing my view.

"Had we known about this six months ago we could have come up with another strategy. It's about decency and respect for the community as well.

"I feel we've been bullied not just by Network Rail but by the council as well."

Ward councillor Cllr Suzannah Clarke said: "I think it's absolutely right that if a resident is going to have a big structure built within metres of her home then she should be told about it. All of the houses in that area should have been notified.

"People haven't been able to have a say about their local station. We're actually paying into Network Rail after all."

Cllr Clarke is trying to get the work halted and meet Parliamentary Under Secretary for Transport Norman Baker.

A Network rail spokesman said: "The work will be completed by summer 2014. Whenever we carry out improvement work, we do all we can to minimise the impact it has on our neighbours.

"We have written to local people and information on the scheme will be available throughout the work."

A Lewisham Council spokesperson said: "We are unable to comment as legal proceedings have been issued."

Cllr Clarke is also concerned about the loss of ramps and wants to speak to disabled people who are affected. Email cllr_suzannah.clarke@lewisham.gov.uk

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3:12pm Mon 3 Jun 13

Petras says...

This is amazing. Here you have a Labour councillor helping someone have a go at a Labour council simply for not consulting -which they don't have to - on improving a station for te disabled when not only in the complainant disabled but the Councillor works with the disabled. You couldn't make it up or is it an April fools story very late? Both Ms Galloway and Ms Clarke won't to get real and welcome the fact that Network Rail and the conservative led government are are last improving tatty Grove Park station
This is amazing. Here you have a Labour councillor helping someone have a go at a Labour council simply for not consulting -which they don't have to - on improving a station for te disabled when not only in the complainant disabled but the Councillor works with the disabled. You couldn't make it up or is it an April fools story very late? Both Ms Galloway and Ms Clarke won't to get real and welcome the fact that Network Rail and the conservative led government are are last improving tatty Grove Park station Petras
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4:11pm Mon 3 Jun 13

The Fozziest of Bears says...

Her 80 year old father came down from Scotland to look after her.

By train ?

Did he manage to get up the Grove Park Station steps OK ?

Classic NIMBY !
Her 80 year old father came down from Scotland to look after her. By train ? Did he manage to get up the Grove Park Station steps OK ? Classic NIMBY ! The Fozziest of Bears
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5:44am Wed 5 Jun 13

Petras says...

So Councillor. I assume your lack of comment shows what an idiot you are
So Councillor. I assume your lack of comment shows what an idiot you are Petras
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