Louth man ‘dejected’ after being forced out of Almshouse garden

Tony Coddington (right) with his wife Mandy at the Orme Almshouses garden. EMN-141010-161137001

Tony Coddington (right) with his wife Mandy at the Orme Almshouses garden. EMN-141010-161137001

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A bitter row has developed after a Louth man was told to vacate an Almshouse garden that he had carefully tended for eight years, without being given a reason.

Tony Coddington, who said that he has looked after the garden at the Orme Almshouses in Eastgate without any previous issues, received a letter from the Chairman of Trustees Richard Drinkel asking him to vacate and clear the garden by the end of October.

The letter did not provide a reason for the decision, and Mr Coddington said that he has not received one since despite his requests.

Mr Coddington said: “I feel completely dejected, I just don’t know why I’ve been told to leave. The garden was like wilderness eight years ago, and it took me two years to clear it.

“I’ve been paying a small rent to use the garden and I mainly use it for growing vegetables and I often give some to the residents at the Almshouses.

“I get on well with all the residents, and they can’t understand why I’ve been asked to leave either. Everyone feels like I’ve been hard done by.”

Mr Coddington added: “I wouldn’t mind so much if I was given a reason.

“They’ve just been so blunt towards me and I would like an explanation, really.”

Chairman of Trustees Richard Drinkel refused to 
give a reason for Mr Coddington’s dismissal when asked by the Leader, but said: “We have not been blunt, and it was all rather amicable as far as I’m concerned.”