Gar­den twist in land bat­tle

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph - By KEN MCER­LAIN ken.mcer­lain@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Etken­m­cer­lain

A BAT­TLE over a strip of pri­vate land has taken an­other twist af­ter res­i­dents re­vealed they hired work­men to clear the site in a bid to cre­ate a com­mu­nity gar­den.

The ET re­ported last week how a num­ber of res­i­dents in Eastleigh Road, Peter­bor­ough, were left out­raged af­ter a group of men went onto a strip of land be­tween Eastleigh Road and Pad­holme Road, be­long­ing to Cross Keys Homes, and started chop­ping down plants and trees.

Hilda Hamil­ton, of Eastleigh Road, claimed the men did not speak English but be­lieved they were clear­ing the site to build prop­erty while Cross Keys Homes had pledged to take le­gal ac­tion.

How­ever Bryan Fox, from the re­cently-formed Pad­holme Road Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion, said that he had hired Lithua­nian work­men to carry out some clear­ance work but de­nied any trees had been chopped down or re­moved aside from some “dan­ger­ous stumps”.

He said he had spo­ken to other res­i­dents in Pad­holme Road be­fore start­ing the work.

(METP-09-05-12RH8) He said: “What we want to do is cre­ate a com­mu­nity gar­den full of beau­ti­ful plants and wildlife. I hired the work­men to clean up the site but I don’t want any trees to be chopped down.

“The re­al­ity of the sit­u­a­tion is that Cross Keys have failed to prop­erly main­tain the site. There is rub­bish and fly-tip­ping dumped all over the place, there is hu­man waste and gen­eral filth - it’s dis­gust­ing.”

Mr Fox added that the as­so­ci­a­tion wants to buy the land off Cross Keys Homes and turn it into a gar­den to be used by Pad­holme Road res­i­dents.

He said: “We are re­ally pas­sion- ate about this project and want to get the ball rolling. Cross Keys have ne­glected this land and don’t seem to be both­ered about it. I hope we can come to some sort of ar­range­ment and turn an eye­sore into some­thing pretty.”

A Cross Key Homes spokes­woman said: “We have been and will con­tinue to main­tain the land, as we do with all our sites.

“We are cur­rently look­ing at a num­ber of pos­si­ble long-term op­tions for the land.

“We would like to stress the land be­longs to us and we will be look­ing to take le­gal ac­tion against any­one who is found to have tres­passed on the site.”

outrage: Clear­ance of the land caused outrage among Eastleigh Road res­i­dents. Picture: ROW­LAND HOB­SON.

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