Allotments clash leads to evictions

Husband and wife Luis and Veronica Flete with fellow plot holder Steve Hilton have been sent letter's to evict them from their allotments at David Slack Allotments, Newton Drive, Blackpool in a row over racism.  Gardener Steve Hilton has been alledged to have damaged a notice board and for his support of Luis and Veronica Flete.'Pictured is Steve Hilton (left) with  Luis and Veronica Flete at their allotment.'24th May 2015
Husband and wife Luis and Veronica Flete with fellow plot holder Steve Hilton have been sent letter's to evict them from their allotments at David Slack Allotments, Newton Drive, Blackpool in a row over racism. Gardener Steve Hilton has been alledged to have damaged a notice board and for his support of Luis and Veronica Flete.'Pictured is Steve Hilton (left) with Luis and Veronica Flete at their allotment.'24th May 2015
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Three Blackpool allotment holders are being evicted from their plots after they clashed with fellow gardeners.

Luis Flete and his wife Veronica, along with Steve Hilton, firstly resigned from the committee of the David Slack Allotments on Newton Drive and have now been told to leave their plots.

“We have given a lot of time and effort to the allotments and then we are kicked out on a whim.

Mr Hilton

But they claim they have been unfairly treated following a row which they say started over a noticeboard on the site.

Mr Hilton and Mr Flete claimed they were not given access to the locked noticeboard, despite being trustees of the allotments.

Mrs Flete, who was the allotments treasurer, also decided to step down from the committee.

She and Mr Flete, along with Mr Hilton, were sent eviction notices following a meeting of the allotments committee on May 17, and had to leave their plots by yesterday.

Mr Flete, a builder, said: “It is totally unfair.

“We have spent a lot of money on our allotment – my greenhouse was £800, and we also have chickens which we keep there, and we are worried about what will happen to them.”

The Fletes, of Gorse Road, Blackpool, also regularly used to take their two daughters with them to the allotment, which they have had for five years.

Mr Hilton, a self-employed gardener, said: “Luis and I practically lived there. Last winter we sat there for hours so people could bring in their tenancy agreements.

“We have given a lot of time and effort to the allotments – digging trenches and repainting fences – and then we are kicked out on a whim.”

The notice of eviction – which has 12 signatories, including 10 trustees – details several reasons for the decision.

Reasons include disputes over horse manure, pallets and use of the site telephone.

A spokesman for the David Slack Allotments said they did not wish to comment on the situation due to legal proceedings.