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Complaints raised over Sutton Bridge community garden

A community garden which has been left to fend for itself during the pandemic has caused complaints to be made to Sutton Bridge Parish Council.

Councillors discussed a complaint regarding Pat’s Garden, on Harriet’s Chase, with a view to finding a solution for the area.

Coun Chris Brewis said: “Prior to COVID, the area was going to be an area which a group of young people were going to tackle but of course that hasn’t happened and the representatives of Sutton Bridge in Bloom who were doing it can no longer do it.

Sutton Bridge
Sutton Bridge

Coun Anne Scarlett added: “Sutton Bridge in Bloom used to do it and they stopped doing before and the elderly gentleman who lives in that house on the corner asked his gardener to tidy it up and he was told off by the Bloomers.

“Now they don’t do it at all and it just seems wrong when we give them grants every year that they’re leaving it to get in such a state.

“It needs a lot of work on it now.”

It is not thought that the area of land is the responsibility of the parish council.

Clerk Robert Smith said: “I think it comes under the Highways grass cutting scheme but because it’s been turned into a garden it was sort of taken over by members of the public,

“If it was put back to grass it would probably be the responsibility of Lincolnshire County Council and SHDC to cut which might come back to us.

Chairman Coun Simon Booth added: “That’s the trouble when someone takes on a project and then abandons it and I don’t really know what we can do with it.”

Councillors agreed to write to the Highways department to ask for their thoughts and speak again on the matter at the next meeting.

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