As a group, we are proposing Norwich City Council removes these hazardous wire fences at Kett’s cave, NR3 1NH. They are historic and serve no purpose in my opinion. I have been told by local residents they have been crushed down to the ground since at least the 70’s. We found a skeleton of a poor hedgehog that appeared to have got trapped and entangled in the wire. In the winter we saw footprints from the muntjac that had to navigate themselves around all these oddly placed fences boxing in nature.
This park is used regularly by local dog owners who worry that their dogs will run over the fences and get their paws stuck in the fences that are down to the ground.
In 2004 Danielle a local resident hurt herself on an old post, the metal fencing had been removed but the posts remained, that’s what she impaled her knee on. She successfully sued the council and received cosmetic surgery at their expense to reduce scar size. Sadly the council have only resolved just that small area of fencing.
In Summer 2020 a local Granddad hurt himself on the basketball fences. He was playing catch with his grandchild and ripped the top part of his finger off to the first knuckle. The council did come out and remove the problem.
I found out these stories from just a few casual chats while out litter picking.
Norwich City Council has told us that they simply don’t have the funds to remove these fences. Their solution was for us to set up as a constituted group with a bank account, then work with Norwich Fringe Project to get them removed. We have jumped through that hoop!
The next hoop is to host a council consultation. This is to make sure none of the wider community objects to us getting these removed as a group. I won’t write my personal views on having to jump through this hoop!! Hopefully, it won’t be massively time-consuming.
Getting these fences removed is going to need a lot of local people volunteering. If you are able to volunteer please comment or email us to get involved. Even light litter picking or making drinks on the day would be a massive help in getting our park safe. This needs to be done before March when the bird nesting session starts again.
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