The badgers have left the building

PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 May 2014

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VEHICLE access to a Weston allotment site has been restored following disturbances caused by a family of badgers.

The Mercury reported last week that a member of Weston Allotment Club claimed the group had been ‘treated poorly’ by the town council after it closed off the main entrance to Hutton Moor allotments to cars.

This caused inconvenience to the members who had to struggle with equipment, plants and bags of compost and carry them over to the site.

The entrance was shut in March due to subsidence caused by the badgers, but Weston Town Council clerk Malcolm Nicholson this week said the animals had now moved on.

Initially the authority said it would need a licence from Natural England to remove the badgers, as it is a criminal offence to do otherwise under the Badgers Act 1992, and that the second entrance to the allotment site was open for members to use.

Now the authority has 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.

Mr Nicholson said: “The contractor carried out work on the entrance road on Monday, which was approved by DEFRA.

“The contractor, who is also an expert on badgers, not just building, said there are not any current active runs in the road, and the badgers left some time during the winter.

“They were able to stabilise the road and reform the bank which it stands on.

“We are going to do a bit more work to try to protect it against badgers coming back in the future, and the road should stay open for the foreseeable future.”

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