Eastwood allotment holder to be turfed off in row over shed
AN Eastwood allotment holder is set to be turfed off his plot in a dispute over a shed.
David Dimmock, 57, built the shed on his plot on Dovecote Road allotments in Eastwood, but the town council says it is too big and has started eviction proceedings against him.
Mr Dimmock, of Birch Close, Nuthall, who suffers from bipolar disorder, claims there is nothing in the rules about the size of a shed and is trying to fight the notice. He says that losing the allotment would be a big blow.
In a letter to the council, he wrote: "My social ties are all in Eastwood, and have been since I moved there in 2003.
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"The landlady at my local in Eastwood has started up a petition against the eviction order, proving how strongly the people of Eastwood are opposed to this."
His partner Donna Burton, 53, said: "It's having a big effect on his health as he loves going up and working on the plot.
"It all started when we got rid of the old shed and built a new one which was a bit bigger. The council said they had new regulations about the size and David's shed was too big, but we looked at the rule book and that doesn't seem to be there.
"It's got out of hand, really – David is a keen gardener and used to take part in a lot of grow and show type events but we just hope the council will see sense on this one.
"The other allotment holders don't have a problem with the size of the shed and all support David. He gets so much pleasure from working there and his health has just got worse and worse since the council has threatened to kick him off the site."
But councillors say the shed breaks the rules. They decided on December 10 to appoint a bailiff to remove it on the second week in January.