Stamford Town Council to resolve allotment dispute

Stamford Town Hall
Stamford Town Hall

Councillors hope to set up a new lease agreement to give them more control over the maintenance of allotments.

Stamford Town Council is reviewing its current arrangement for the allotments in Water Furlong.

The issue came to light after a boundary wall collapsed and there was a dispute between the council and landowner Burghley Estates over who was responsible for repairing it.

Councillors have since agreed to review the situation with the aim of drawing up a new lease and clarifying the maintenance arrangements.

Town clerk Patricia Stuart-Mogg said: “We do need to investigate the potential of a new lease and the responsibilities of the tenants and the landowner.”

The matter was discussed at a meeting of the council’s amenities committee on Tuesday. Several allotment holders attended and expressed their concerns about the council giving up the existing lease.

Coun Christine Brough (Lib Dem), who chaired the meeting, said: “We listened to the members of the public who came and they said they wanted us to continue with the allotments.”