Concern over drug paraphernalia left in town gardens

Coubro Chambers, offices of Holbeach Parish Council.
Coubro Chambers, offices of Holbeach Parish Council.
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Council workers in Holbeach are to keep a watch on an area near a town school after drugs paraphernalia was discovered by a youngster.

A carrier bag with used syringes and needles inside was found in Stukeley Gardens, near William Stukeley Primary School, on April 29, as schoolchildren were breaking up for the May Day weekend.

The alarming discovery was brought up at a Holbeach Parish Council meeting on Monday by Coun Kelly Wilson who said: “My friend’s son found a carrier bag full of used needles and syringes in bushes near the bench in Stukeley Gardens.

“It was behind the bus shelter and I have contacted police about it by email.

“I know that the local PCSO is aware of it as well, although when I visited the site on Monday, I couldn’t see any more needles. However, there were about 25 beer cans in the same area.”

• Parish councillors are to also ask police to keep a watch on allotments in Battlefields Lane South, Holbeach, where a number of thefts and vandalism have been reported in recent weeks.

• In addition, councillors were told of a spate of car and shed fires in Holbeach Hurn, although the most recent reports dealt with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue were three weeks ago when firefighters put a vehicle blaze outside a house in Oakley Place, off Marsh Road, Holbeach Hurn.

• Finally, plans to improve a footpath outside All Saints Church, Holbeach, appear to be on hold after an officer from Lincolnshire County Council claimed it was in a “good state of repair”.

Volunteers from Holbeach in Bloom asked for the footpath to be resurfaced to improve the churchyard’s appearance.

But Holbeach county councillor Nick Worth confirmed that the footpath’s condition would instead be “monitored” following an inspection by Lincolnshire County Council’s environmental services department.

Andy Savage, senior countryside officer for the council’s rights of way and countryside access team, said: “Whilst some sections of (foot)path showed the early signs of deterioration, I generally found the paths to be in a good state of repair and not requiring any resurfacing at this time.

“(Our) resources are currently limited and we are required to prioritise requests for surface repairs.

“I therefore intend to monitor the path during the coming year to see if any further deterioration occurs.”