Neighbours dig in to tidy street in Stamford

Jackson Building Centre manager Simon Loveridge with resident Patricia Bull

Jackson Building Centre manager Simon Loveridge with resident Patricia Bull

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Residents and businesses have been working together to revitalise their street and make it a nicer place to live and work.

People living in Orchard Road, Stamford, used to pride themselves on the appearance of their little street.

But in recent years a combination of bad weather, cars parking on verges and the expansion of neighbouring businesses has left the road looking worse for wear.

Resident Patricia Bull and some of her neighbours decided to take matters into their own hands and make their street tidy again.

Mrs Bull said: “I have been here for seven years. It has been going downhill terribly.

“Lincolnshire County Council can’t really afford to tidy the verges. They have promised to resurface the road.

“But people started to park on the verges and it turned into a complete quagmire.

“So I decided to do something about it.”

Mrs Bull and some neighbours began weeding and tidying up the verges in their street.

They also went to nearby builders’ merchant Jackson, which has a hire yard backing onto Orchard Road.

The firm agreed to turf the verges and last week contractors completed the work.

Branch manager Simon Loveridge said: “The reality is that we put the hire department in and made quite a mess of the verge.

“We cause a lot of disruption with the lorries so it was the least we could do.”