Allotment waiting list is growing

GREENFINGERED gardeners in Clevedon are being forced to wait years to show off their horticultural talents at allotments in the town. Clevedon Town Council currently has a waiting list of more than 100 people wanting to take on an allotment plot in the se

GREENFINGERED gardeners in Clevedon are being forced to wait years to show off their horticultural talents at allotments in the town.Clevedon Town Council currently has a waiting list of more than 100 people wanting to take on an allotment plot in the seaside resort.The council has spent many years searching for new sites in the town for people to cultivate crops but as yet has had no success. Currently there are around 300 allotments in the town with sites next to St Andrew's Church, Church Hill, Westbourne Avenue, Highdale Road and Victoria Road.Clevedon Town Council allotments committee chairman Carole Wring said: "It is very frustrating for local gardeners that they cannot get an allotment. "People are having to wait around two years, sometimes longer, for a plot."It is such a shame because as a hobby gardening is very popular and it is an ideal activity when so much emphasis is being put on eating healthily and staying active."The town council has earmarked £20,000 to provide new allotments for Clevedon.It has looked at land at both Lower Strode Road and the former St Brandon's School site, but both proved unsuitable.The council is now looking at another area of land in the town - but refused to say where - to use as allotments.If it is deemed as suitable a large number of plots will be provided on the land, although not enough to satisfy the 100 plus people on the waiting list.Councillor Wring, who has been a member of the allotments committee for nearly 20 years, said: "Years ago we had a waiting list of 40 and over the years it has crept up to more than 100."However, I do know other towns where people have been waiting 10 years for a plot and councils have closed their waiting lists.


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