Concern grows at allotments

Millfield Terrace allotment holders are fed up with overgrown plots and lack of communication by Sleaford Town Council. EMN-150626-154211001
Millfield Terrace allotment holders are fed up with overgrown plots and lack of communication by Sleaford Town Council. EMN-150626-154211001

Sleaford allotment holders are forming an association to raise concerns over how the site is managed.

A group of tenants on the Millfield Terrace site are unhappy at how slow the process is for dealing with absentee plot holders, but the council is devising a plan of action to improve the situation.

Concerns include numerous overgrown plots, some unattended for years for a variety of reasons, spreading weeds and spoiling the area.

Plot holder, Brian Watson, said the council had called upon all tenants to sign new agreements tightening up the rules, but he felt they were not being enforced. Tim Bright, another plot holder said: “Some have been left totally abandoned and just pay their dues, while others do a little but leave it in a pretty poor state for most of the year.”

They plan to liaise with owners, Sleaford Town Council via spokespersons, Mr Watson and Phil Self, to speed up the process of identifying and clearing abandoned and derelict plots. They also alleged maintenance by staff at times was patchy. Mr Self met with councillors and officers last week to raise the concerns and they will respond with a plan of action this week.

New chairman of the council’s services committee Mark Suffield, although not speaking for the council, said there is a process if people abandon or neglect plots and some were currently going through the process of being offered to people on the waiting list.

Coun Suffield said: “We definitely want to improve. I know our staff have done a lot of work down on The Drove allotments but not as much at Millfield Terrace yet.”