A MOTHER will be forced to take down a child’s swing she put up on her allotment after parish councillors labelled it a “health and safety risk”.
Jill Jellyman is highly critical of the way Weston Parish Council dishes out its allotment land – and says some of the land that should be used by green-fingered residents is being farmed instead.
She has a plot in Delgate Bank and tried to encourage children Freddie and Esther to go along with her by putting up a swing there. But she has now been told that must come down by November 5, or the parish council will take it down themselves and force her to pay the cost of its removal.
She said: “This is the only way I get the children down there with me!
“This seems petty – I would like them to tell me what rule I am actually in breach of.”
She said allotments elsewhere are allowed similar structures and queried why hers will have to come down.
Parish chairman Anthony Casson says the council took legal advice on the matter before coming to its decision.
Coun Casson said: “Allotments are for growing produce on and are not play areas.
“She’s been given so long to take it down and if she doesn’t we will take it down and bill her for doing it.
“She’s put that there without asking for permission and if she had have asked she would have been refused.
“It’s nothing to do with planning, it’s about health and safety.”
Jill is critical of the way the council deals with its allotments and says that two of the available acres are being used by a farmer rather than for the correct purpose.
Coun Casson responded: “She’s talking about people subletting and I have said to her before that I can’t prove that’s going on. It’s only in the last year or two there have been more people interested in allotments. Until then it was a job to let them.”
He said that the available land was recently split between the seven people who wanted an allotment – with “garden allotment” plots that are about half the size of Mrs Jellyman’s.