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Councillors celebrate long-needed repairs to Rainham Hall wall as TfL prepares to move bus stop

PUBLISHED: 13:33 06 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:33 06 November 2017

Councillors and officers by the newly renovated outer wall at Rainham Hall

Councillors and officers by the newly renovated outer wall at Rainham Hall

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A long-running battle to repair a potentially dangerous historic wall that had been worn down by misuse has finally ended.

Cllr David Durant left and GLA member Keith Prince third right with TFL officers at the bus stopCllr David Durant left and GLA member Keith Prince third right with TFL officers at the bus stop

Rainham ward councillors had previously been concerned that the wall in Wennington Road, which as part of Rainham Hall belongs to the National Trust, was in danger of collapsing as a result of people leaning against it while waiting at a nearby bus stop.

Councillor David Durant, who was one of the Rainham ward councillors who raised the issue, was part of a group that visited the wall last week.

He said: “The difficulty with a wall like this, which is part of a National Trust site, is that repairs to it can’t make it look like a brand new wall, it has to look like the old one.

“We went and had a look at it and I must say we were really pleased with the results.”

Cllr Durant also revealed that, after concerns were raised about how narrow the pavement was at the bus stop, Transport for London has agreed to move the 372 bus stop to Rainham Station, a matter of yards away, sometime in the near future.

He said: “By changing the location of the bus station in Hornchurch they’ve managed to make up some time further down the route and now it can be moved, so there won’t be crowds of people blocking that pavement anymore.”

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