Parents call for TfL to act over "appalling" footbridge

Graffiti on the bridge

Leftover gas canisters

Steps of the bridge

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Concerned parents have called on Transport for London (TfL) to carry out repairs on a "neglected" and “dangerous” footbridge which crosses the Central line.

Reports of graffiti, slippery steps, urination and littering – including leftover nitrous oxide canisters containing a widely used legal party drug – on the footbridge which runs between Churchfields and Gordon Road in South Woodford, have left residents furious.

Claire Hughes, of Wynndale Road, South Woodford, along with many other parents, walks her daughter to and from Churchfields School every day via the footbridge.

She said: “The bridge has been in this state for years and it is appalling. It is only a matter of time before a child or an elderly person is hurt there.

“Somebody needs to do something about it. There are kids that hang out there who leave beer cans, paint tags on the wall and use nitrous oxide canisters and leave them there.

“I wouldn’t dream of walking along there by myself, especially at night. The lights there haven’t been working for ages so it’s been completely dark at night.

“The bridge is a lifeline for us - if we didn’t go over it, what would be a 10-minute journey to the school would take half an hour.”

At a meeting of the full council on Wednesday night, Cllr Gwyneth Deakins asked a TfL representative to carry out repairs and maintenance on the bridge.

The Guardian is awaiting comment from TfL.

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5:00pm Fri 17 Jan 14

myopinioncounts says...

Perhaps the parents could remove the cans and other rubbish themselves ?
Perhaps the parents could remove the cans and other rubbish themselves ? myopinioncounts
  • Score: -20

1:57pm Sat 18 Jan 14

myopinioncounts says...

6 negative scores! Are these from people who will look at litter outside their own homes and complain that "nobody" clears it up?
I live in a street where car drivers stop to eat fast food and drop the containers out of their windows - in spite of there being a bin within yards. I would challenge them but fear a mouthful of abuse (or worse) so after they have gone I clear it up myself. Pride in my neighbourhood will not let me leave it there until the street cleaners come around perhaps days later.
6 negative scores! Are these from people who will look at litter outside their own homes and complain that "nobody" clears it up? I live in a street where car drivers stop to eat fast food and drop the containers out of their windows - in spite of there being a bin within yards. I would challenge them but fear a mouthful of abuse (or worse) so after they have gone I clear it up myself. Pride in my neighbourhood will not let me leave it there until the street cleaners come around perhaps days later. myopinioncounts
  • Score: 1

3:43pm Sat 18 Jan 14

ChazFinch says...

Nitrous oxide cannisters! I thought there was a lot of cyclists dropping co2 cannisters everywhere!
You live and learn.
Nitrous oxide cannisters! I thought there was a lot of cyclists dropping co2 cannisters everywhere! You live and learn. ChazFinch
  • Score: 2

5:08pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Upshirehorse says...

I believe this gas is used to enhance sexual pleasures according to a television documentary that was aired recently. If this is the case the surely the local police should be notified about such activity in a public place?
I believe this gas is used to enhance sexual pleasures according to a television documentary that was aired recently. If this is the case the surely the local police should be notified about such activity in a public place? Upshirehorse
  • Score: -3

6:22pm Sat 18 Jan 14

stickmanny says...

Cornbeefur you really have outstayed your welcome
Cornbeefur you really have outstayed your welcome stickmanny
  • Score: 1

2:40pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Paul Skinner says...

Upshirehorse wrote:
I believe this gas is used to enhance sexual pleasures according to a television documentary that was aired recently. If this is the case the surely the local police should be notified about such activity in a public place?
Then you've been misinformed. And I'm sure the Police would love to hear your deduction that because there are legal canisters of gas on the floor, that therefore must mean that depraved public acts of indecency must be happening.

NOS is a short lived high (literally a couple of minutes).
[quote][p][bold]Upshirehorse[/bold] wrote: I believe this gas is used to enhance sexual pleasures according to a television documentary that was aired recently. If this is the case the surely the local police should be notified about such activity in a public place?[/p][/quote]Then you've been misinformed. And I'm sure the Police would love to hear your deduction that because there are legal canisters of gas on the floor, that therefore must mean that depraved public acts of indecency must be happening. NOS is a short lived high (literally a couple of minutes). Paul Skinner
  • Score: 3

2:41pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Paul Skinner says...

Paul Skinner wrote:
Upshirehorse wrote:
I believe this gas is used to enhance sexual pleasures according to a television documentary that was aired recently. If this is the case the surely the local police should be notified about such activity in a public place?
Then you've been misinformed. And I'm sure the Police would love to hear your deduction that because there are legal canisters of gas on the floor, that therefore must mean that depraved public acts of indecency must be happening.

NOS is a short lived high (literally a couple of minutes).
Then you've been misinformed. And I'm sure the Police would love to hear your deduction that because there are legal canisters of gas on the floor, that therefore must mean that depraved public acts of indecency must be happening.

NOS is a short lived high (literally a couple of minutes).
[quote][p][bold]Paul Skinner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Upshirehorse[/bold] wrote: I believe this gas is used to enhance sexual pleasures according to a television documentary that was aired recently. If this is the case the surely the local police should be notified about such activity in a public place?[/p][/quote]Then you've been misinformed. And I'm sure the Police would love to hear your deduction that because there are legal canisters of gas on the floor, that therefore must mean that depraved public acts of indecency must be happening. NOS is a short lived high (literally a couple of minutes).[/p][/quote]Then you've been misinformed. And I'm sure the Police would love to hear your deduction that because there are legal canisters of gas on the floor, that therefore must mean that depraved public acts of indecency must be happening. NOS is a short lived high (literally a couple of minutes). Paul Skinner
  • Score: 2

3:08pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Upshirehorse says...

Paul Skinner wrote:
Upshirehorse wrote:
I believe this gas is used to enhance sexual pleasures according to a television documentary that was aired recently. If this is the case the surely the local police should be notified about such activity in a public place?
Then you've been misinformed. And I'm sure the Police would love to hear your deduction that because there are legal canisters of gas on the floor, that therefore must mean that depraved public acts of indecency must be happening.

NOS is a short lived high (literally a couple of minutes).
I have also heard that this noxious substance can send ones blood pressure through the roof to alarming levels so should be banned to reduce the strain on the hard pressed NHS?
[quote][p][bold]Paul Skinner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Upshirehorse[/bold] wrote: I believe this gas is used to enhance sexual pleasures according to a television documentary that was aired recently. If this is the case the surely the local police should be notified about such activity in a public place?[/p][/quote]Then you've been misinformed. And I'm sure the Police would love to hear your deduction that because there are legal canisters of gas on the floor, that therefore must mean that depraved public acts of indecency must be happening. NOS is a short lived high (literally a couple of minutes).[/p][/quote]I have also heard that this noxious substance can send ones blood pressure through the roof to alarming levels so should be banned to reduce the strain on the hard pressed NHS? Upshirehorse
  • Score: -2

4:00pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Paul Skinner says...

Upshirehorse wrote:
Paul Skinner wrote:
Upshirehorse wrote:
I believe this gas is used to enhance sexual pleasures according to a television documentary that was aired recently. If this is the case the surely the local police should be notified about such activity in a public place?
Then you've been misinformed. And I'm sure the Police would love to hear your deduction that because there are legal canisters of gas on the floor, that therefore must mean that depraved public acts of indecency must be happening.

NOS is a short lived high (literally a couple of minutes).
I have also heard that this noxious substance can send ones blood pressure through the roof to alarming levels so should be banned to reduce the strain on the hard pressed NHS?
I don't think you know the definition of noxious, I'm afraid.
[quote][p][bold]Upshirehorse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Paul Skinner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Upshirehorse[/bold] wrote: I believe this gas is used to enhance sexual pleasures according to a television documentary that was aired recently. If this is the case the surely the local police should be notified about such activity in a public place?[/p][/quote]Then you've been misinformed. And I'm sure the Police would love to hear your deduction that because there are legal canisters of gas on the floor, that therefore must mean that depraved public acts of indecency must be happening. NOS is a short lived high (literally a couple of minutes).[/p][/quote]I have also heard that this noxious substance can send ones blood pressure through the roof to alarming levels so should be banned to reduce the strain on the hard pressed NHS?[/p][/quote]I don't think you know the definition of noxious, I'm afraid. Paul Skinner
  • Score: 2

4:11pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Paul Skinner says...

Upshirehorse wrote:
Paul Skinner wrote:
Upshirehorse wrote:
I believe this gas is used to enhance sexual pleasures according to a television documentary that was aired recently. If this is the case the surely the local police should be notified about such activity in a public place?
Then you've been misinformed. And I'm sure the Police would love to hear your deduction that because there are legal canisters of gas on the floor, that therefore must mean that depraved public acts of indecency must be happening.

NOS is a short lived high (literally a couple of minutes).
I have also heard that this noxious substance can send ones blood pressure through the roof to alarming levels so should be banned to reduce the strain on the hard pressed NHS?
And in case you don't quite believe me: http://www.talktofra
nk.com/drug/nitrous-
oxide from the Government's own website.
[quote][p][bold]Upshirehorse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Paul Skinner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Upshirehorse[/bold] wrote: I believe this gas is used to enhance sexual pleasures according to a television documentary that was aired recently. If this is the case the surely the local police should be notified about such activity in a public place?[/p][/quote]Then you've been misinformed. And I'm sure the Police would love to hear your deduction that because there are legal canisters of gas on the floor, that therefore must mean that depraved public acts of indecency must be happening. NOS is a short lived high (literally a couple of minutes).[/p][/quote]I have also heard that this noxious substance can send ones blood pressure through the roof to alarming levels so should be banned to reduce the strain on the hard pressed NHS?[/p][/quote]And in case you don't quite believe me: http://www.talktofra nk.com/drug/nitrous- oxide from the Government's own website. Paul Skinner
  • Score: 2

4:29pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Upshirehorse says...

Paul Skinner wrote:
Upshirehorse wrote:
Paul Skinner wrote:
Upshirehorse wrote:
I believe this gas is used to enhance sexual pleasures according to a television documentary that was aired recently. If this is the case the surely the local police should be notified about such activity in a public place?
Then you've been misinformed. And I'm sure the Police would love to hear your deduction that because there are legal canisters of gas on the floor, that therefore must mean that depraved public acts of indecency must be happening.

NOS is a short lived high (literally a couple of minutes).
I have also heard that this noxious substance can send ones blood pressure through the roof to alarming levels so should be banned to reduce the strain on the hard pressed NHS?
And in case you don't quite believe me: http://www.talktofra

nk.com/drug/nitrous-

oxide from the Government's own website.
Can you enlighten us as the purpose for taking this in public or otherwise please?
[quote][p][bold]Paul Skinner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Upshirehorse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Paul Skinner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Upshirehorse[/bold] wrote: I believe this gas is used to enhance sexual pleasures according to a television documentary that was aired recently. If this is the case the surely the local police should be notified about such activity in a public place?[/p][/quote]Then you've been misinformed. And I'm sure the Police would love to hear your deduction that because there are legal canisters of gas on the floor, that therefore must mean that depraved public acts of indecency must be happening. NOS is a short lived high (literally a couple of minutes).[/p][/quote]I have also heard that this noxious substance can send ones blood pressure through the roof to alarming levels so should be banned to reduce the strain on the hard pressed NHS?[/p][/quote]And in case you don't quite believe me: http://www.talktofra nk.com/drug/nitrous- oxide from the Government's own website.[/p][/quote]Can you enlighten us as the purpose for taking this in public or otherwise please? Upshirehorse
  • Score: -1

4:33pm Sun 19 Jan 14

stickmanny says...

Paul this moron is trying to bait you, been doing it here for years. by all means abuse home but don't bother with any logic
Paul this moron is trying to bait you, been doing it here for years. by all means abuse home but don't bother with any logic stickmanny
  • Score: 2

12:01pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Dave mp says...

myopinioncounts wrote:
Perhaps the parents could remove the cans and other rubbish themselves ?
Totally agree with that. Why not spend the occasional hour or so clearing up the rubbish on a Sunday afternoon, it is YOUR community. TFL should remove the graffiti though and, dare i say it, why don't the local 'toytown' police keep an eye on the bridge, or is it another 'no go area'?
[quote][p][bold]myopinioncounts[/bold] wrote: Perhaps the parents could remove the cans and other rubbish themselves ?[/p][/quote]Totally agree with that. Why not spend the occasional hour or so clearing up the rubbish on a Sunday afternoon, it is YOUR community. TFL should remove the graffiti though and, dare i say it, why don't the local 'toytown' police keep an eye on the bridge, or is it another 'no go area'? Dave mp
  • Score: -1

1:50pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Helen, Walthamstow says...

I struggle to see what bridge users can do to deal with graffiti, urination, slippery steps and a lack of lighting.
I struggle to see what bridge users can do to deal with graffiti, urination, slippery steps and a lack of lighting. Helen, Walthamstow
  • Score: 6

3:57pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Paul Skinner says...

Upshirehorse wrote:
Paul Skinner wrote:
Upshirehorse wrote:
Paul Skinner wrote:
Upshirehorse wrote:
I believe this gas is used to enhance sexual pleasures according to a television documentary that was aired recently. If this is the case the surely the local police should be notified about such activity in a public place?
Then you've been misinformed. And I'm sure the Police would love to hear your deduction that because there are legal canisters of gas on the floor, that therefore must mean that depraved public acts of indecency must be happening.

NOS is a short lived high (literally a couple of minutes).
I have also heard that this noxious substance can send ones blood pressure through the roof to alarming levels so should be banned to reduce the strain on the hard pressed NHS?
And in case you don't quite believe me: http://www.talktofra


nk.com/drug/nitrous-


oxide from the Government's own website.
Can you enlighten us as the purpose for taking this in public or otherwise please?
Care to enlighten us as to where the proof it was *taken* in public is?
[quote][p][bold]Upshirehorse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Paul Skinner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Upshirehorse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Paul Skinner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Upshirehorse[/bold] wrote: I believe this gas is used to enhance sexual pleasures according to a television documentary that was aired recently. If this is the case the surely the local police should be notified about such activity in a public place?[/p][/quote]Then you've been misinformed. And I'm sure the Police would love to hear your deduction that because there are legal canisters of gas on the floor, that therefore must mean that depraved public acts of indecency must be happening. NOS is a short lived high (literally a couple of minutes).[/p][/quote]I have also heard that this noxious substance can send ones blood pressure through the roof to alarming levels so should be banned to reduce the strain on the hard pressed NHS?[/p][/quote]And in case you don't quite believe me: http://www.talktofra nk.com/drug/nitrous- oxide from the Government's own website.[/p][/quote]Can you enlighten us as the purpose for taking this in public or otherwise please?[/p][/quote]Care to enlighten us as to where the proof it was *taken* in public is? Paul Skinner
  • Score: 0

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