Snettisham woman fights for “dangerous” oil tank to be removed

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A Snettisham woman says she is hitting a brick wall in getting a defunct oil tank and its “dangerous” wall removed from her garden.

Kath Bateson has been fighting for five years to have the crumbling wall and the abandoned tank removed from the bottom of her garden in Brent Avenue but without success.

The oil tank and what remains of the the brick surround, in the garden of 22 Brent Avenue Snettisham, with owner Katherine Bateson (left) and PC members LtoR, Eric Langford (PC chairman), Ann Lamplugh, Richard Barker, Ros Pugh ANL-140610-135524009

The oil tank and what remains of the the brick surround, in the garden of 22 Brent Avenue Snettisham, with owner Katherine Bateson (left) and PC members LtoR, Eric Langford (PC chairman), Ann Lamplugh, Richard Barker, Ros Pugh ANL-140610-135524009

The oil tank was installed in the 1970s to serve the small estate but the structure has fallen into disrepair after residents have long since moved on to a gas supply.

Bricks from the oil tank wall are regularly falling into the garden, creating concerns for Mrs Bateson. Mrs Bateson has learned the tank now belongs to the Crown but a disclaimer notice against injury has been placed on the site.

She said: “I always feel the need to wear a hard hat when I go outside into the garden. It is dangerous. I want the whole thing removed.

“I have been fighting to have this removed for five years and it is frustrating.

“It is a problem as I am just not getting anywhere. I have tried health and safety, Environmental Health over the years. All the residents have concerns.

“We have had parish council meetings. There is nothing we can do as it is belongs to the Crown. I don’t know where else to go.”

Mrs Bateson moved into the property in 1987 and had previously had to pay for repairs to the site after the doors were damaged.

Bricks are regularly falling into the garden as the wall crumbles.

Mrs Bateson said: “In the summer I won’t let my grandchildren play near it.”

The oil tank had been owned by Dewco, a private company which relinquished the site after going into liquidation.

Mrs Bateson had contacted Snettisham Parish Council, which learned the site was owned by the Crown and of the disclaimer.