Allotments will clear council’s waiting list

More allotments will be created in Fareham borough
More allotments will be created in Fareham borough
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NINETY allotments are to be created in Fareham to clear the council’s waiting list.

Fareham Borough Council agreed at its last executive meeting to lease the land, in Stubbington, from farming company Basil Baird.

The allotments were originally earmarked to be put in at Daedalus when the authority took over the former Royal Navy airfield in March last year. But they will now be provided off Gosport Road.

Council leader Sean Woodward said this meant more public open space could be provided at Daedalus, as well as the allotments being placed on land of a higher agricultural grade.

He said: ‘The land that was allocated was rubbish and no good for agricultural use.

‘People would not have been able to grow anything so we have taken a lease out to put allotments on high-grade agricultural land.

‘People who take an allotment want to be able to grow their sprouts and cabbages, this will allow them to do that.’

He said that the new four-acre site was larger than the original and that the 90 five-rod plots would clear the authority’s allotment waiting list.

Cllr Woodward said: ‘There was a significant interest in the Crofton area so it is well worth putting them in.’

The cost of setting up the allotments will be met from money given to the authority by the Homes and Communities Agency from when it took over Daedalus.

The council’s rental costs, which have not yet been made public, will be met by rental paid by the individual allotment holders, topped up by the council if necessary.

Cllr Woodward said that a number of sites were looked at but this site was picked due to its ‘accessibility’ and grading.

Hill Head ward councillor Arthur Mandry spoke at the meeting.

He said: ‘The site proposed is more suitable, larger and better quality land. It is close to Daedalus and this is important as it is likely to be occupied by residents who live close to the Daedalus site.’