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Sutton Bridge pensioners looking at graves because of missing fence panels

Bob Hughes shows the graveyard view from homes on Church Gate. SG030318-104TW
Bob Hughes shows the graveyard view from homes on Church Gate. SG030318-104TW

Elderly Sutton Bridge residents are looking out of their windows at churchyard graves because three fence panels have come down.

Resident Bob Hughes (77) lives in one of the district council’s sheltered housing properties affected in Church Gate and says the council has previously repaired the fence between their homes and St Matthew’s.

Coun Chris Brewis told Tuesday’s parish council meeting about residents’ concerns over home security, and members agreed to support their battle to have the district council repair the fence.

Coun Brewis told Free Press: “I think the district council should replace the panels. It’s a council fence and it’s their job to replace it.”

Mr Hughes says the council has previously replaced damaged fence panels but the council told him it has no cash to do the work, although he’s now learned the church will do either part or all of the work.

A council spokesman said: “Although the fence at Church Gate, Sutton Bridge, does not belong to the council, we have been made aware of the need for parts of the fence to be repaired.

“We understand that St Matthew’s Church has agreed to repair the fence, and that local residents have been made aware of their offer of help, which will hopefully address any safety concerns raised.”

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