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Created on 09/09/2010 @ 10:52
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Welshpool’s long wait for allotments is almost over after the Town Council confirmed that land is close to being secured.
The absence of suitable space and other environmental obstacles have meant that the only thing growing is the waiting list for gardeners wanting their own small patches to rent. And over 70 people have so far expressed an interest with allotments to be distributed on a first come, first served basis with a priority for Welshpool residents.
“It has been a right rigmarole to find suitable land!” admitted Town Clerk, Robert Robinson. “We have had several setbacks since we started looking three years ago, but we now have two potential patches and I am confident we will secure one of these by the end of September. They should be available from April 1, 2011.”
The Town Council has viewed 18 sites before finding land which is suitable. Everything from crested newts to a site being a former tip 30 years previously has hindered the search.
“It has been quite an exercise for the council, and one that we will be glad to have completed because it has taken a lot of time and effort but we remained determined to deliver as it was an important part of town plan,” added Mr. Robinson.
The 1908 Allotments Act gives the Town Council the power to provide allotments, but it is not a duty for them to do so. Anyone wishing to join the allotments waiting list can contact the Town Council.


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