Allotment holders fear for children

CONCERNED allotment holders today warned that a child could be killed or seriously injured if derelict portable homes are not removed from an Ipswich estate.

CONCERNED allotment holders today warned that a child could be killed or seriously injured if derelict portable homes are not removed from an Ipswich estate.

The temporary buildings have been in Gainsborough's Catchpole's Way, off Morland Road, for more than 20 years but have sat empty for months.

Plot holders at the neighbouring allotment claim youngsters break into the homes and climb on to the roofs, putting themselves at risk.

Field secretary Malcolm Hannatt said: “They were all being used at one time, but now they are all empty.

“The kids climb up on to the roof and then jump over the fence into the allotment.

“It's very dangerous.”

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Allotment chairman Derrick Holder added: “They are an eye sore but my main concern is that someone will be killed there.

“I am surprised they haven't been burnt down.”

Mr Holder said the allotment would be interested in taking one of the buildings to use as an office and meeting room, and offered to maintain the land on behalf of the council.

He said: “There's talk about using the area for a play facility or to build a bungalow, but it is actually allotment land.

“We would be happy to maintain it ourselves.”

An Ipswich Borough Council spokesman said the buildings were in line for demolition.

A spokesman said: “We are aware of the vandalism in the Morland Road area and have taken steps to secure and, where necessary, make safe the properties damaged by vandalism and theft.

“There are plans to demolish the empty properties in the near future, and investigations are to be carried out as to how to best use the site in the long term once it is cleared.”

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