Sunday 17 December 2017

Allotment ban for 'noisy' cockerel

A cockerel was banned from an allotment for making too much noise
A cockerel was banned from an allotment for making too much noise

A cockerel may have to leave an allotment where he is cared for by mentally ill patients because a council is enforcing legislation dating back to 1950.

Spike, the five-month-old cockerel, was bought as an egg on e-Bay and now lives at an allotment in Boultham Park, Lincoln, along with 50 hens.

But Lincoln City Council has told Spike's owners they have to find him a new home because of a "noise abatement issue".

It has now enforced the Allotment Act of 1950, which bans plot holders from keeping cockerels on their patches.

Dave Higginbottom, team leader at the De Wint Resource Centre, runs the sessions for mentally ill patients at the allotment, allowing them to care for livestock and carry out gardening duties.

He said other councils adapt the rules to allow cockerels to live on allotments and wants the local authority in Lincoln to do the same.

Mr Higginbottom, 54, said: "Spike is an absolute character. We have 50 hens so he keeps himself very active.

"He's a beautiful looking bird and we have already been inundated with phone calls so we will be able to rehouse him.

"It's not like we are in a heavily populated area with houses but it (the council) is saying it's a noise abatement issue. Spike doesn't make a lot of noise unless you go in his run and then it's him saying it's his territory and he is in charge."

Mr Higginbottom added: "The council is insistent that we get rid of Spike but other allotment sites can have cockerels. Surely there should be a uniform rule rather than different councils doing different things. We want the law looked at."

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