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Lane End Allotment

B&Q Staff join clean-up effort at Lane End Allotment

Employees from Sutton in Ashfield’s B&Q store have joined Ashfield District Council in the clean-up of Lane End allotment.

The site was the target of an arson attack last month which caused widespread damage on multiple plots. The fire caused loss of sheds, greenhouses, plants and equipment.

Clean up began immediately after the incident to remove the fire damaged structures and equipment at the site. Asbestos removal has also been carried out by specialists in the past week.

The B&Q employees were supported by Ashfield District Council’s Environment team to finish the clearing of glass and other burnt materials. McDonalds Kingsmill kindly donated refreshments for the volunteers throughout the morning.

A GoFundMe page has been set up by the local community to help affected plot holders replace lost equipment. The page has so far raised almost £1000 and is still open for donations -

Cllr Samantha Deakin, Ward Member for Sutton Central and New Cross said: “The damage to the site is devastating but it’s fantastic to see the way the community and local businesses have come together to support those affected.

“It’s great to see that the arsonist has been identified and enforcement action is being taken against the offender. We will continue to work with allotment holders to fix up the site and make it as safe as possible for users.”