Restricted access to allotments 'for the time being' - council
PUBLISHED: 14:00 11 August 2014
'LIGHT' vehicles only are being allowed access to a Weston allotment site 'for the time being' following disturbances by badgers.
Weston Town Council closed off the main entrance to Hutton Moor allotments to cars and large vehicles earlier this year due to subsidence caused by the animals.
In May town council clerk Malcolm Nicholson said the badgers had moved on, removing the need for the authority to obtain a licence from Natural England to take them out - as it is a criminal offence to do otherwise under the Badgers Act 1992.
The council then received permission from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to take on work to stabilise the road and it has been re-opened, but a post on its Facebook page revealed cars and small vans can only access the site at the moment.
The post says: “Following repairs and a risk assessment, the access to Hutton Moor allotments has been reopened, for the time being this is for light vehicles, ie cars and small vans, only.
“This means allotment holders can bring compost, tools, mowers, etc in.
“Sorry but lorries and large vans still cannot use the access due to the ground being unstable (due to the badgers’ sett below) and heavy barriers have been installed to prevent access to large vehicles.”