Councils to act on overgrown plots in Stamford

Overgrown land that was sold at auction in Casterton Road, Stamford. Photo: MSMP-01-07-15-am004 EMN-150207-094605001
Overgrown land that was sold at auction in Casterton Road, Stamford. Photo: MSMP-01-07-15-am004 EMN-150207-094605001
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Councillors have formed a working party to see what can be done about the state of green spaces that have become overgrown eyesores.

Several residents of Casterton Road and the surrounding area raised the issue at Stamford Town Council’s meeting on Tuesday.

Overgrown land that was sold at auction in Rockingham Road, Stamford. Photo: MSMP-01-07-15-am007 EMN-150207-094517001

Overgrown land that was sold at auction in Rockingham Road, Stamford. Photo: MSMP-01-07-15-am007 EMN-150207-094517001

The problem is with green spaces that were sold by developer Jelson Homes at auction in June last year. Some of the spaces have been maintained but others, such as the one between Casterton Road and Chatsworth Road, have been left to grow wild.

Councillors agreed with residents that the spaces needed to be cleared, so agreed to form a working party with South Kesteven District Council. Mayor of Stamford Sue Sandall said: “I can understand why the residents are concerned.

“It’s not just from a health point of view, it also doesn’t look nice and there are several other unkept areas.”

One issue has been finding out who owns the plots. According to the land registry the plot in Casterton Road and another in Rockingham Road are owned by Periathamni Selva Kumar. His listed conveyancers, HLPC from Syston, declined to comment.

Overgrown land that was sold at auction in Rockingham Road, Stamford. Photo: MSMP-01-07-15-am006 EMN-150207-094629001

Overgrown land that was sold at auction in Rockingham Road, Stamford. Photo: MSMP-01-07-15-am006 EMN-150207-094629001

Readers have also reported overgrown spaces in Cromarty Road and Caithness Road.

Chris Church, of Casterton Road, said it was “ludicrous” the land had been left in such a state. He added: “It should never have been allowed to go on for over a year with no maintenance, and its a shame that it took evidence of rats and then blunt tactics of a sign on the land by some local residents to instigate a proper response.”

The district council has given the owner of the Casterton and Rockingham Road plots until Tuesday to cut them.

Overgrown land that was sold at auction in Casterton Road, Stamford. Photo: MSMP-01-07-15-am005 EMN-150207-094617001

Overgrown land that was sold at auction in Casterton Road, Stamford. Photo: MSMP-01-07-15-am005 EMN-150207-094617001