Lost the plot: er­ror over bore holes work

The Wokingham Paper - - FRONT PAGE -

WOK­ING­HAM Bor­ough Coun­cil has apol­o­gised after work­men dam­aged plots at an al­lot­ment and turn­ing up without warn­ing any­one.

Last Fri­day, con­trac­tors went to Win­nersh Al­lot­ments to be­gin prepa­ra­tions for the new North Work­ing­ham Distrub­u­tor Road. As we re­ported last week, the coun­cil will take over the plots next au­tumn to cre­ate the new link road.

But last week, to the sur­prise of al­lot­ment hold­ers, a drilling rig was driven across six plots, de­stroy­ing raised beds, crops and a wa­ter tap.

One of the al­lot­ment hold­ers told The Wok­ing­ham Pa­per: “Wok­ing­ham Bor­ough Coun­cil didn’t no­tify us of the drilling rig com­ing in. WBC didn’t tell Win­nersh Par­ish Coun­cil ei­ther.

“We, the le­gal ten­ants, need the le­gal no­ti­fi­ca­tion and time to make the changes we need for the move to the new plots.”

A WBC spokesper­son said: “We apol­o­gise that Win­nersh Par­ish Coun­cil and al­lot­ment hold­ers were not in­formed that this early, ex­ploratory work was to start and we have now paused the work un­til the par­ish can be fully briefed.

“But the sug­ges­tion that ac­tively-used al­lot­ment plots have been dam­aged is sim­ply not true and, although a tap did have to be moved, this has been re­placed.

“When the con­trac­tors ar­rived, they spoke to al­lot­ment hold­ers and were ad­vised that the best route for equip­ment to reach the bore holes was via some plots that had not been used for a con­sid­er­able time and that is the route they fol­lowed.

“Some tracks were made through th­ese un­used plots and the con­trac­tors will re­turn to the site to en­sure no per­ma­nent mark­ing re­mains.”

Win­nersh Par­ish Coun­cil, which owns the al­lot­ments, de­clined to com­ment.

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