Anger as al­lot­ments are left with­out wa­ter

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your - By ADAM UREN

AL­LOT­MENT hold­ers in Dogsthorpe have been forced to watch their plants wilt in the heat be­cause their wa­ter sup­ply has been cut off for more than two months.

Gar­den­ers at the Blue­bell Al­lot­ments, off Hare­bell Close, have been left fum­ing since the wa­ter sup­ply to taps dot­ted around the site stopped on April 4.

De­spite re­peated re­quests to Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil to rec­tify the is­sue, caused be­cause of a wa­ter leak be­neath a nearby road, it will not be fixed for at least an­other week.

Al­lot­ment holder Peter Smith (67), of Furze Ride, said ev­ery­one’s plants were suf­fer­ing, with peo­ple hav­ing to ei­ther fetch their own wa­ter or rely on in­creas­ingly spo­radic rain­fall to boost their fruit and veg crops.

He said: “I’m grow­ing pota­toes, leeks, cab­bage and let­tuce on my plot, they are not do­ing well be­cause we’re find­ing it dif­fi­cult to wa­ter them.

“The coun­cil has been promis­ing for the last three weeks that it would be “sorted next week”, but they keep break­ing their word.”

The coun­cil said that it is un­der no le­gal obli­ga­tion to pro­vide wa­ter al­though it owns the al­lot­ment site.

How­ever, an­other al­lot­ment holder, re­tired hor­ti­cul­tur­al­ist Les Standring (59), pointed out that the coun­cil ad­ver­tises the fact it pro­vides wa­ter to al­lot­ments on its web­site.

Mr Standring, of Laven­der Way, said: “They say they don’t have to pro­vide it, but they still use it to sell the idea of al­lot­ments on their web­site.

“I keep chick­ens in my al­lot­ment and the coun­cil was good enough to bring wa­ter to them af­ter the taps ran dry, but they haven’t done it for two weeks and I strug­gle to make it up there my­self car­ry­ing loads of wa­ter.”

Mark Swift, Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil’s land­scape of­fi­cer, said his team is cur­rently await­ing ap­proval for a li­cence from the coun­cil’s high­ways depart­ment to al­low them to fix the wa­ter leak.

He said: “The wa­ter taps at the Blue­bell al­lot­ment site in Dogsthorpe are not work­ing be­cause of a wa­ter leak lo­cated out­side the al­lot­ment site.

“A li­cence ap­pli­ca­tion has been made and a site meet­ing is sched­uled to take place next week. Sub­ject to all the nec­es­sary con­di­tions be­ing met, the li­cence will be is­sued and work will be­gin to re­pair the leak.”

DE­LAY: The Blue­bell al­lot­ments in Dogsthorpe has lost its wa­ter sup­ply. (METP-05-06-10PF006)

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