Skip finally leaves allotments

PLOT holders were rejoycing today after a skip was finally removed from an Ipswich allotment site.The skip, owned by Ipswich Wastesaver, blighted the 25 acre Bramford Lane allotment site for two years.

By Amanda Cresswell

PLOT holders were rejoycing today after a skip was finally removed from an Ipswich allotment site.

The skip, owned by Ipswich Wastesaver, blighted the 25 acre Bramford Lane allotment site for two years.

Allotment holders thought they would see an end to the saga after The Evening Star contacted Ipswich Council who promised to collect it as soon as possible.

Ten days later the skip remained on site but after a second call from The Star the skip was removed.

Businessman Terry Morris, a former secretary, was delighted with the success. "It is funny how it takes someone like The Star to get involved to get these things done."

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He said the skip was a health hazard that had encouraged vermin. "I have seen rats leap out of it before. It is an eyesore."

Mr Morris, who runs a video repair company, claimed allotment holders were faced with a catalogue of excuses each time the field secretaries would phone up to get the skip removed.

"I was previous field secretary," said the 62-year-old from Westbourne Road. "Arrangements would be made to meet me. I would go up and find they had already been and had gone to the wrong field.

"We pay our council tax. There was all that time and money spent on it. It makes you wonder how inefficient these council services are."

The skip is placed at the allotment site so plot holders can dump rubbish to prevent a string of mini bonfires. It has now been replaced by an empty one and re-sited.