Anne Naysmith & destruction of railway vegetation (1)

MQT on 2012-09-19
Session date: 
September 19, 2012
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Were Transport for London staff aware of the presence of Anne Naysmith, prior to their decision to cut down vegetation and destroy her 'encampment' on the edge of the Chiswick car park? If so, was any attempt made to discuss the situation with her and assess her mental health?


Answer for Anne Naysmith & destruction of railway vegetation (1)

Answer for Anne Naysmith & destruction of railway vegetation (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Regrettably, Miss Naysmith's circumstances and the special significance of this piece of land for her were not known to maintenance staff or the contractors who, working on behalf of TfL, were tasked to remove overgrown vegetation prior to replacing a section of damaged fencing. The damaged fence needed to be secured - trespass on the railway and in particular theft of cables, which have a high scrap metal value, are as you know a continuing problem for TfL and other railway operators, which directly affects the reliability and safety of the train service, so maintaining the integrity of security fences such as this is very important.

Obviously TfL much regret the distress caused to Miss Naysmith and will take steps to ensure extra care is taken when working at this location.