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Burton MP Andrew Griffiths weighs into issue on Branston bees

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 19, 2014

Burton MP Andew Griffiths

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BURTON'S MP has weighed in to help residents in Branston with an issue which has been 'stinging' them for some time.

People living in a large part of the area claim they have been plagued by bees coming from a nearby beekeeper who has tens of thousands of the insects at his home, where he makes and sells honey.

Householders complain of the misery of swarms, residue left by the bees on cars and anything left outside, and the fears for children playing out, but the owner of the bees says there is no problem.

Andrew Griffiths has written to East Staffordshire Borough Council to encourage officers to take enforcement action against the owner, telling the authority he has too many bees for a domestic area.

"This is causing misery for the residents of Branston, and you can see how serious it could be.

"From my point of view, this is not an issue of someone being an amateur beekeeper in his back garden. These hives should not be in an urban area," he said.

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  • Comrade  |  July 21 2014, 11:28PM

    Oh do buzz off Griffiths

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  • Confucius  |  July 20 2014, 4:21PM

    Says "World without bees starves".

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  • mattlong  |  July 20 2014, 4:20PM

    To be fair to Andrew he cannot make the mental health discussion event in person as he has a prior engagement. I have written to him encouraging him to motivate some Conservative councillors to attend as there are some Conservative supporters in the audience and am hoping to get an update about the travel situation about those having to pay for their own transport to visit relatives in the nearest mental hospitals.

  • VotingRed  |  July 19 2014, 12:58PM

    No bees = no pollenation. No pollenation = no food Urban or rural we need bees.

  • comeonyouclarets  |  July 19 2014, 11:30AM

    Please tell me this garbage is a spoof. With all the important political events of the last few days nationally and internationally, is this all Griffiths is fit for. Considering his huge salary, expenses and future severance pay package, he's making no attempt to do his real job. What a waste of thousands and thousands of pounds this chancer is turning out to be. Well done the Mail, again.....such fearless reporting as ever.

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