Allotment owners in Richmond, London have expressed concern after local authorities decided to close a set of metal gates that linked a cemetery to their plots.

Richmond Council said the gate between the graveyard and the allotment was never supposed to be used by the public, the Richmond and Twickenham Times reports.

It says the metal gates have been closed permanently because allotment holders were leaving cars outside the cemetery and blocking funeral processions.

Gardener Crispin Pettinger said the situation is "totally unfair" and will cause unnecessary stress for the allotment's elderly users.

"Many people depend on this gate as it is in use on a daily basis," he told the newspaper.

"All allotment plot holders live in Richmond and pay huge taxes and are very upset and angry about the gate closure."

Meanwhile, Belper News reports that Belper Town Council is considering installing steel gates at a car park in the town to dissuade antisocial behaviour.

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