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'Stranded' residents' fury over blocked road in Lincolnshire

By Boston Target  |  Posted: January 16, 2012

STICKY SITUATION: Residents on Mill Hill Lane are furious about the condition their roads have been left in and are urging those to blame to clear up their mess.

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RESIDENTS are furious that no one seems to be accepting responsibility for the condition of a road in Swineshead that has left them virtually stranded.

People living and working on Mill Hill Lane are angry at the condition of their local roads after a six wheel drive Russian army tank was seen harvesting crops in the area with no one accepting responsibility for the state of the road afterwards.

Mrs Moses of Manor Farm Shop said: "We couldn't believe our eyes when we saw how the roads were left with thick mud, pot holes and damage to private property.

"While I understand crops have to be harvested, I don't understand why a ten foot wide vehicle had to be used on country back roads - what happened to a tractor and trailer?"

Elderly residents have been left with no choice but to leave their cars at home as the road is too difficult to negotiate without a four wheel drive vehicle.

Linda Robinson, 61, said: "The police were contacted and sent an officer along to tell the farmer to clean up the mess but this was certainly not carried out to a satisfactory standard.

"We have contacted the farmer and local authorities but no one seems to want to take responsibility for the damage caused to the road.

"I'm concerned that unless the damage is put right, sooner or later the road will give way."

The Target contacted one local farming business which residents believe is at fault.

A spokesman said: "The police contacted the farm and we cleared up what we believed was our mess.

"There were lots of farms harvesting at the time so not all the blame lies with us.

"As far as we are concerned we have dealt with the issue."

The Target was told there is an agreement between the county council and police that the police can investigate those responsible for depositing mud on the road, although there are no offences under the Highways Act.

Senior highways officer Gareth Milner, said: "The matter was initially referred to the police, which is the appropriate authority to investigate issues of this nature.

"We've also been contacted by the local county councillor about this situation and have been in touch with the police about it."

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  January 16 2012, 11:01PM

    Six wheel drive tank? Harvesting? Does anybody at the Target know the meaning of either?

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  • Leaflet Distribution Lincolnshire  |  January 16 2012, 7:36PM

    Errrm harvesting with a russian tank ?

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  • Lincoln_Biker  |  January 16 2012, 11:59AM

    What was it? The Ural-375D or ZIL-157 are the ones that come to mind, but I can't see them being used for ploughing as their design is as general purpose utility trucks. Can anyone shed any light on the type of vehicle used?

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  • theover60s  |  January 16 2012, 11:22AM

    some farmers think they are above the law and can do as they please, sort em out.

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