Site deal for new allotments
PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 October 2011
WESTON'S allotment waiting list is set to be eased with a new deal to take over a site next to current plots on the Bournville estate.
Weston Town Council has agreed the move to take over the site next to the current Bournville allotments in a deal that would see around 15 new plots created.
The move will ease the pressure on the current waiting list which is two years long and has around 300 people waiting for a plot.
The land, off Tennyson Road, was last used for allotments in the 1970s and was recently earmarked for closure and sale as a housing development.
But the town council reopened the western part of the site last year in the light of an increasing demand for allotments in the town, although it does not currently have any access for vehicles.
This would change if the deal with North Somerset Council goes through, meaning that as well as the new allotments, a new track to allow cars onto the site would be created.
The move was discussed at Monday’s meeting of the town council’s policy and finance committee and was unanimously approved by councillors.
Town clerk Malcolm Nicholson will now negotiate with North Somerset ahead of the move.
Although the move is not expected to cost the town council any money, the authority would have to pay the fees of North Somerset Council’s legal team who are handling the deal.
Mr Malcolm Nicholson said: “We looked at three possible sites for allotments around the town, and we believe that as this site was used as allotments until the 1970s that it was an appropriate site.
“It will also allow us to create a new gravel track as people going to the allotments can currently only get to it by the footpath and cycleway by the railway footbridge off Lonsdale Avenue, or from Tennyson Road.”
Council leader Keith Morris added: “When we first took over the western part of the site, we thought we had taken over this land. It did not turn out that way when we started the running of the site, so I am pleased that we can now take over the whole site.”