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Orton round-up: Chickens in the cemetery and other news

Renegade chickens are making their way into a Peterborough cemetery and clawing at graves.
Cemetery in Orton

The birds, including one cockerel, have regularly been seen in Orton Waterville Lawn Cemetery after emerging through a broken fence nearby.

Members of the parish council have contacted the owner of the nearby property on multiple occasions, but the fence has not been repaired.

The council is looking at the costs of repairs, for the benefit of the cemetery and users, as they have never received any response from the property.
Chair Cllr Jenny Farnham said in Wednesday's meeting: "We have banged on gates, knocked on doors, shouted at them in the garden, and written to the owners many times."

A metal detectorist was given the go-ahead to examine land across Orton Waterville for any potential finds.

The council owns some land at the Gannocks, and the man making the request is a member of the National Council for Metal Detecting.

The council's lengthsman has been asked to clear the footpath near Sunningdale which is overgrown, and clear woods at Napier Place which have been blighted by discarded bottles. 

Another bulky waste collection will be held in the spring at Orton Waterville, possibly just after St George's Day on April 23. 

At least two sheds and four Christmas trees were deposited at the previous one.

Two representatives of Orton Wistow Under-fives Group asked for a £3,000 contribution from the council towards a Young Explorer wooden play area.

The present area has been in place for about 35 years, and is suffering from wear and tear.

The new set will cost around £14,500, but the council was told that the group has already been allocated £8,000 through lottery funding, and has contributed £3,000 itself.

The council will discuss a decision about the funds and removal of the present play equipment in a later meeting, but Cllr Farnham also suggested that Peterborough City Council may have some play equipment in storage which may be cheaper. 

The next meeting of Orton Waterville Parish Council will take place on February 23.