Romford park remains closed due to ground subsidence

Jubilee Park remains closed due to subsidence-picture taken November 17. Picture: Ciaran Donovan

Jubilee Park remains closed due to subsidence-picture taken November 17. Picture: Ciaran Donovan - Credit: Archant

A Romford park has remained closed for more than a week after ground subsidence issues were identified there.

Jubilee Park closed because of ground subsidence. Picture: Melissa Page

Jubilee Park closed because of ground subsidence. Picture: Melissa Page - Credit: Archant

Cracks and sunken ground at Jubilee Park in Union Road, near the children's play area, were discovered on Thursday, October 31 at around 3.30pm as the park was being locked up.

Jubilee Park closed because of ground subsidence. Picture: Melissa Page

Jubilee Park closed because of ground subsidence. Picture: Melissa Page - Credit: Archant

The park, which is managed by Trinity Estates, is used by pupils from Concordia Academy as the main entrance but the school has arranged for alternative access for parents and children.

Jubilee Park closed because of ground subsidence. Picture: Melissa Page

Jubilee Park closed because of ground subsidence. Picture: Melissa Page - Credit: Archant

Trinity Estates' operations manager Chris Tompkins said: "The health and safety of residents and visitors is our priority and the area has been fenced off whilst we work with the developer of the site, Taylor Wimpey, to establish the source of the problem."

Jubilee Park closed because of ground subsidence. Picture: Melissa Page

Jubilee Park closed because of ground subsidence. Picture: Melissa Page - Credit: Archant

The park is also used as a thoroughfare for residents on their way to Romford rail station.

Jubilee Park closed because of ground subsidence. Picture: Melissa Page

Jubilee Park closed because of ground subsidence. Picture: Melissa Page - Credit: Archant


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Paresh Krishan, who has lived in Bournebrook Grove for the past three years, said the park is normally well-maintained but the closing has made access to Romford town centre more difficult.

Jubilee Park closed because of ground subsidence. Picture: Melissa Page

Jubilee Park closed because of ground subsidence. Picture: Melissa Page - Credit: Archant

He said: "The [subsidence] appeared suddenly and while the park is closed we're all having to walk around it to get to the station."

Jubilee Park closed because of ground subsidence. Picture: Melissa Page

Jubilee Park closed because of ground subsidence. Picture: Melissa Page - Credit: Archant

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No children were hurt or in the park when the subsidence was discovered.

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