Grantham byway ‘has been devastated’

The entrance to Sheepwash Lane off Dysart Road has largely been blocked with concrete and earth. From left are Eve Abraham, Janet Elkington and Coun Mark Whittington.
The entrance to Sheepwash Lane off Dysart Road has largely been blocked with concrete and earth. From left are Eve Abraham, Janet Elkington and Coun Mark Whittington.
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Concrete blocks and earth mounds have been put down at the entrance to the byway. Pictured, from left, are – Eve Abraham, Janet Elkington and Coun Mark Whittington. Inset: The byway is a muddy track with deep ruts.

Sheepwash Lane, also known as byway number 10, which runs alongside the A1 between Dysart Road and the A52, is popular with walkers, dog owners and cyclists, but many have been put off using it because of the mud and large ruts left there by heavy vehicles used to move the rubble.

The quagmire that is Sheepwash Lane, Grantham.

The quagmire that is Sheepwash Lane, Grantham.

The Journal has reported recently on problems with quadbikes being used on nearby fields and it seems someone has taken it into their own hands to try and stop vehicles using the byway, while at the same time turning it into an eyesore and mudbath.

Resident Carol Abraham and her partner Eve, of Valley Road, have regularly walked there with their dog in the past, but the path is such as mess now that walking there is a hazard and not a pleasure.

Carol said: “It’s total devastation there. We used to go blackberrying, but they have ripped up all the bushes and trees and now the wildlife has gone.

“I think somebody has colluded with the landowner to prevent quadbikes going along there, but they have gone way over the top.

“It’s a quagmire. Eve can’t take the dog along there anymore. She has to go elsewhere.

“If this isn’t sorted out soon it will all come down to the taxpayer for it to be cleared and that’s not fair.”

Eve said: “There used to be dog walkers, runners and cyclists use this right of way. It was lovely. Now it’s a disgrace.”

Another nearby resident, Janet Elkington, who walks the byway several times a week, said: “When it’s wet you 
cannot walk it. It’s an incredible mess they have made of 
it.”

Carol and Eve have asked county councillor Mark Whittington to intervene. Coun Whittington said it was the council’s job to keep the byway clear as it is a public right of way.

Coun Whittington added: “If the landowner had got in touch with us in the first place we could have done something about this. We have to protect landowners, but also the rights of the public to walk down here.”

Chris Miller, team leader of countryside services at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We’re currently working to identify who is responsible for blocking the byway. They’ll be asked to remove the obstruction, or, if we are unable to find those responsible, we’ll clear it ourselves.”