Weavers Field to remain free from allotments

Published on 12th July 2012

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Following consultation with local residents, the proposal to use part of Weavers Field for allotments will not be progressed.

The original proposal was aimed at helping around 750 people on the waiting list in the south of Cheltenham. A large proportion of these people are residents in the parishes of Up Hatherley, Leckhampton and Warden Hill.

The two local parish council’s Up Hatherley and Leckhampton with Warden Hill Parish Council, who have the statutory duty to provide allotments to residents of their parish, have indicated they do not support the provision of allotments on Weavers Field.

Roger Whyborn, cabinet member for sustainability, “We take the views of all residents very seriously and have had to balance the amenity value of Weavers field with the urgent need for allotments for many residents who have been waiting some time.

“Given the situation described we consider that on balance it is in the best interests of all concerned not to pursue the provision of allotments at Weavers Field.”

The council will continue to pursue its 2010-2015 Allotments Strategy, and takes its duty to provide more allotments to residents of the non-parished areas very seriously; and will continue to actively search for suitable sites for allotments.

For press enquiries contact: Nicola Collins, communications team leader, telephone 01242 775050 or email nicola.collins@cheltenham.gov.uk