Cold weather and dogs’ urine are damaging commemorative stone

The Fields in Trust commemorative stone is crumbilng away and turning green from dogs urinating. EMN-150809-155249001
The Fields in Trust commemorative stone is crumbilng away and turning green from dogs urinating. EMN-150809-155249001

A stone bearing a commemorative plaque on Sleaford’s Boston Road Recreation Ground is crumbling away.

The piece of Ancaster stone was provided by a local quarry less than a year ago to bear the plaque marking that the park is now part of the Queen Elizabeth II Fields In Trust scheme to preserve and protest public open spaces for the future.

This was spearheaded by former mayor Coun Keith Dolby in a bid to protect the recreation ground from being part of the route for a link road from Boston Road to Mareham Lane.

In a report to the Town Council Services Committee meeting tonight (Wednesday), clerk Sheila Scholes says: “Two reports of stone pieces breaking off have been received by the office.

“Having raised these issues with the Services Supervisor, it would appear that the material (sandstone) is highly porous and eroding fast. Cracks are appearing which will open further when the weather turns cold.

“Further, the stone is convenient for dogs to lift their legs against and the dog wee is staining the stone green.”

She recommends that it is closely monitored as it is likely to disintegrate further and replacement stone would be required in a more suitable material within a year.