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T.Hedland
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 12:33 pm Reply with quote Back to top
We have a perimiter fence that has barbed wire on the top of it. Part of the wire needs replacing. The fence has public access to the outside of it. Does anyone know any reason why we shouldn't replace the damaged section with new wire? Some seem to think there is a reason why we can't!
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T.Stubbs
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 4:19 pm Reply with quote Back to top
Hi there

My local council don't see a problem using razor fencing/wire as a deterrent to trespassers - if you saw what was on the top of the fencing of the local infant school and around the perimeter of the school roof a bit of barbed wire is nothing!! (although it is signed)

They obviously must feel that the balance of the risk/costs of paying out for a trespasser injuring themselves is cheaper and lower than having to pay for repairs etc due to vandalism each year.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 4:32 pm Reply with quote Back to top
Thanks for that Tracey. I think the key point is that it should be signed. Whether trespassers can read or not is another matter!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 11:00 am Reply with quote Back to top
Well, it doesn't seem to affect farmers!

It is of course a balance. The height of the wire and the proximity to public access etc are important. But barbed wire has been with us for decades and isn't exactly lethal. We allow cars to drive at 70 mph with nothing more than a kerb to seperate us from them!

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 1:06 pm Reply with quote Back to top
There is only reference to electrical fencing on the HSE website but it does give a couple of good points as the public includes children . You should probably give consideration as to the strength and stability of the fence also, trapping points. I have to agree with you about signage also. Hope this helps
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