Confusion after prized allotment is cleared

Ken Smith seen at Klondyke Allotrments at Cramlington-he has had his allotment taken off him without permission by Cramlington Town Council.
Ken Smith seen at Klondyke Allotrments at Cramlington-he has had his allotment taken off him without permission by Cramlington Town Council.
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A pensioner has been left devastated after his prized allotment and pigeon cree were demolished while he was in hospital.

Ken Smith has had an allotment in Cramlington for more than 40 years but last month officials at Cramlington Town Council cleared away his allotment, shed and cree – taking away all his tools, trophies and pictures.

And in a further blow to the 84-year-old, he has now been locked out of the site near High Pit Road after a new 8ft fence was erected.

Mr Smith said: “I had been in hospital when they council say they sent me letters about my allotment. Then they said my wife rang them to say I didn’t want the allotment any more. But you can’t hand back your allotment over the phone, you have to do it in writing.

“All my boxes, trophies, pictures and tools are gone.

“I’m just glad I didn’t have any pigeons in the cree at the time as I was waiting for new stock to come in.

“I’ve always had pigeons. I first started keeping them when I was in the army, and continued when I moved to Cramlington.”

Mr Smith added he was at a loss as to why the council would clear away his allotment, admitting his shed was a little run down but due to the fact it was 40-years-old.

A spokesman for Cramlington Town Council said it was inappropriate to comment on the matter as it might be subject to legal action.

The issue is due to be discussed at the town council next Thursday.