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'The alley has become a nightmare'
Anger is rife among neighbours in Enfield after an alleyway was left to become overgrown.
Dense trees and nettles have blocked the alleyway between Larmans Road and Aylands open space and blocked light from street lamps.
The alley is already used to dump rubbish and retired bus driver David Denton fears it could become a haven for muggers.
The 72-year-old has been cutting back some of the vegetation that leads onto Aylands open space so walkers can get through - but feels Enfield Borough Council has neglected its duty to maintain the footpath.
Mr Denton said: “We have been left hung out to dry at this end of the borough. It’s a sad state of affairs and a disgrace that the pathway has been left like this. A hell a lot of people use this walkway, especially kids going to Lee Valley School every day during term time.”
“There’s rubbish everywhere, the overhang on both sides has left the street lights redundant and I recently cut a walkway so people could get out at the end of the alleyway on to the open space.”
Sharri Rizal, 26, of Aylands Road is also concerned by the thick greenery that has engulfed the alley.
She said: “My son doesn’t know what nettles are and could easily be stung by them as they are all over the path. It is very dark even during the day time, but at night it becomes a whole lot worse.”
An Enfield Borough Council spokesperson said: "Enfield Council is committed to maintaining its open spaces and keeping the borough clean and tidy.
"We carry out routine maintenance of this footpath throughout the year to ensure it is clear and safe for residents to use and a team of council workers is due to visit this location before the end of this week to cut back vegetation and carry out routine maintenance work.
"We take residents' concerns extremely seriously and in order to allay any fears people living nearby may have about their safety we have also asked the local Police Safer Neighbourhood Team to patrol the area."
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