Elderly men begin row in council item on play area

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TEMPERS flared in the public gallery at Sutton Bridge Parish Council after half-a-dozen elderly residents complained about the possibility of a play area being put on land at Falklands Road.

Residents were worried about noise and litter – and said it was wrong to site a play area beside a street full of elderly people.

One man told the council: “I fill half a dustbin bag every week from the five square yards outside my hedge.”

After several others had objected to the play area another man stood and accused previous speakers of being “two-faced” and said he had photographs of residents tipping rubbish over their fences.

He shouted: “You are two-faced, the lot of you. You don’t (you shouldn’t) tip your rubbish.”

One of the previous speakers stood up and shouted back at the man – but acting clerk Jane Ripley calmed things down by warning them they would be asked to leave if they continued.

A woman speaker said the council had discussed a play area for the land – known by the names of Tom’s Wood or Peter’s Piece – but turned it down two years ago.

She wanted to know why the issue had raised its head again.

The play area wasn’t on the agenda but councillors said they could look at it again after a two-year lapse.

Sutton Bridge Community Centre Fund chairman Gary Croxford said: “It’s just an area of ground being cleared and mown so the kids can play on it. On the Falklands estate there’s as many families as there are retired people.”