Danger warning over St Albans abbey yard

PUBLISHED: 07:01 27 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:36 06 May 2010

A CROWDED yard outside the St Albans Abbey is a health and safety hazard, a concerned sub dean has warned. Canon Stephen Lake has urged the community to find a new way of managing Sumpter Yard, a small, one-entrance space which is used as a delivery entra

A CROWDED yard outside the St Albans Abbey is a health and safety hazard, a concerned sub dean has warned.

Canon Stephen Lake has urged the community to find a new way of managing Sumpter Yard, a small, one-entrance space which is used as a delivery entrance, a pedestrian walkway, a chorister drop-off and an emergency access route.

Canon Lake said that three Chapter's committees - the Safety Committee, the Abbey Assembly and the Abbey Works Committee - have identified that the greatest risk of personal injury on cathedral grounds is Sumpter Yard.

He added: "As a whole community we need to find a new way of managing this space for the well-being of all. Currently we're looking at the viability and costs of an electric barrier and preparing a report for new signage."

Canon Lake also asked people who use the yard to close the gate upon leaving, always adhere to the 10mph speed limit and to only park in a marked bay or on the cedar tree side of Sumpter Yard.

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I should probably have taken the hint! Walking out into the garden recently an unprecedented flock of thirty or more crows raucously greeted me from the treetops at the bottom of my garden. Cawing and croaking these big, black birds clung clumsily to the top most branches and twigs, jostling and flapping to stay balanced in a constant flurry of feathers. There is always something ominous about crows – they are after all carrion crows, the vultures of the bird world – always watching for scraps and weakness that might mean their next meal.

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