Developer fixes ‘unsafe’ fence

The new fence. Picture: Michael Bell

A DEVELOPER has replaced a fence around a field it owns in Mangotsfield, after complaints that it had made a nearby path unsafe to use.

The Voice reported in December that Taylor Wimpey was coming under pressure to do something about the site between Cossham Street and Rodway Hill Road, bordering the grounds of Mangotsfield United Football Club, Cleve Rugby Club and Mangotsfield School.

Fencing around the site was collapsing onto the paths that surround it, creating a hazard for people walking past and allowing unauthorised access to the field.

Mike Reeves, the chair of the former Save Mangotsfield Open Green Spaces Group, which successfully fought plans to build 180 homes on the field in 2009, teamed up with the Mangotsfield Residents Association, South Gloucestershire and Emersons Green town councillors to call for action.

A Taylor Wimpey spokesperson said the work was completed at the end of January and a company representative met with councillors and residents, who approved of the work.

The spokesperson said: “Works to update the fencing at the Mangotsfield site are now complete. Ongoing maintenance works, focused on grass and scrub vegetation, will ensure the site will be cut back and maintained twice yearly moving forward.”

Designated as green belt, the field, which is part of Mangotsfield but within the boundaries of Emersons Green Town Council, remains in the developer’s land bank of potential housing sites.