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Plotholders' move becomes an ordeal

PUBLISHED: 16:09 02 November 2007 | UPDATED: 08:54 21 July 2010

DISGRUNTLED allotment holders have been inconvenienced further after equipment was stolen and damaged during their move to make way for the 2012 Olympic Games...

DISGRUNTLED allotment holders have been inconvenienced further after equipment was stolen and damaged during their move to make way for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Manor Garden Allotments, whose 100-year-old plots in Waterden Road, Hackney Wick, were bulldozed last month, were finally allowed access to their new site in Marsh Lane, Leyton, on Saturday, but arrived to find tools and greenhouses damaged or covered in mud.

They were also shocked to find that no representatives from the London Development Agency (LDA), who organised the move, were on hand to help them unload the four containers containing their property on to their plots.

Julie Sumner, of Manor Garden Allotments, said they were left to struggle to and fro with wheelbarrows, despite assurances from the LDA that they would support plotholders all the way.

"The containers were just left on the road some way from the allotments and we were left to unload four containers of stuff by hand," she said.

"Some of the items were coated in mud and my box of seeds was completely rotten because the LDA had left them in the rain for several days before packing our property into containers.

"The whole thing was just a complete shambles."

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