Anger as allotments are left without water
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)