Plans to house bees at Sleaford allotments sparks debate
A REQUEST to house bees at The Drove allotments caused a hive of debate amongst town councillors.
An allotment holder's request to keep bees at the site was considered by Sleaford Town Council last week with councillors agreeing that as the allotments do not currently house any bees, they would need to look into the request with a lot of care.
Councillor Garry Titmus, chairman of the services committee, said: "The person who is wanting to keep the bees must be knowledgeable about them and we need to find out whether they are a member of the bee keeping association."
Another issue raised was the question of whether any current allotment holders at the site had allergies to bees and it was felt that all allotment holders would need to be consulted on the matter.
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Cllr Titmus added: "I suggest that we are not ready to accept bees until we have done more research. However we do need to keep an open mind."
Councillor David Suiter advised that there is a Sleaford Bee Keeping Association who the allotment holder may already be a member of.
It was agreed that the services committee would look into the issues raised and bring a proposal back to the next meeting which will be held in March.
Cllr Titmus added: "The location of the bees would be the first thing we would need to look into. But as this is an allotment there will be bees here whether there is a hive or not."