Resurrection hopes for cemetery wall

THE future of a landmark which collapsed and has been left to ruin is being decided in a meeting with heritage chiefs. Kensal Green Cemetery wall in Harrow Road, Kensal Green, pictured, fell down on the night of the Notting Hill Carnival in 2005. Since t

THE future of a landmark which collapsed and has been left to ruin is being decided in a meeting with heritage chiefs.

Kensal Green Cemetery wall in Harrow Road, Kensal Green, pictured, fell down on the night of the Notting Hill Carnival in 2005.

Since that day the 175-year-old structure has been left in a heap after an insurance claim was rejected despite repeated pleas from residents.

English Heritage was due to meet with Kensal Green Cemetery and other interested parties on February 23 where a decision on whether or not to offer support was expected to be made.


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Ed Fordham, Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn, said: "After literally months and years of waiting and watching it now looks like work will begin to reconstruct the collapsed cemetery wall in Harrow Road.

"For too long the wall has been left to lie collapsed while the damaged has got worse and there has been some stealing of the bricks.

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"Now it looks like there is some kind of ongoing four year commitment from English Heritage that will enable the work to start.

"Clearly the Kensal Green Cemetery company cannot afford to do the works and they need financial help - but for residents this has gone on for far too long.

"It really is crucial that English Heritage fund the rebuilding of the wall - it's good for the cemetery, good for the residents, good for the area and an investment that English Heritage cannot afford to reject.

"I urge them to do the right thing for all of us."

An English Heritage spokesman confirmed a meeting was happening on Tuesday February 23 where a decision on whether or not to support the wall would be taken.

For full details of the decision visit www.wbtimes.co.uk.

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