Allotment holders’ fury and fears as locks are changed

Jessica Shillito and Ginnette Simpson, Jessica Shillito at the entrance to the allotments in Hapton which the council have locked stopping access by vehicles. Photo Ben Parsons
Jessica Shillito and Ginnette Simpson, Jessica Shillito at the entrance to the allotments in Hapton which the council have locked stopping access by vehicles. Photo Ben Parsons

FURIOUS allotment owners have warned someone could die in an emergency if open access is not granted to their land.

Pamela Shillito, of Victoria Road, Padiham, raised the health and safety fears after locks were changed on a gate leading to the one acre site behind Hapton Recreation Ground.

The 43-year-old, who has suffered two heart attacks in the last 12 months, claimed emergency teams would be unable to reach a casualty on the allotments if a key was not readily available.

She said: “We have been locked out. No notification was given to us or anything. The health and safety down there has been thrown out the window. We have pensioners down there and disabled people.

“Someone could die down there if something happens. The ambulance doesn’t come equipped with bolt cutters to get through the gate. We would have to wait for the fire brigade to come down.”

Pamela, whose allotment boasts fruit, vegetables, geese, ducks and hens, added: “We want a key and we want fair access.”

Hapton Parish Council said it could not comment on the matter at this time.