GREEN-FINGERED residents of Balsall Common have been celebrating the news that after a year-long campaign, the village has got its own allotments at last.
Up until now, grow-your-own vegetable enthusiasts who wanted to tend an allotment have had to go to neighbouring Meriden or elsewhere .
A campaign for a local site was started a year ago and now a piece of grazing land in Holly Lane - owned by Solihull Council -has been converted into 33 allotment plots.
The allotment campaign has been led by retired airline pilot Chris Leigh, 59, of Meeting House Lane, who said: “It’s great that we have finally got our allotments. It means I can grow my favourite veggies - leeks, new potatoes and runner beans. There are seven full plots and 33 half plots.
“The population of Balsall Common has increased quite a lot in recent years because of new housing and this is just what was needed.”
The campaign was supported by Councillor David Bell, the current Mayor of Solihull, who said: “I spoke to the council’s allotment officer, Emma Sibbing, and the Holly Lane site was earmarked for the allotments.
“I’m glad the plans have come to fruition. As far as I know these are the first new allotments in the borough for 20 years or more.
“The yearly rent for the allotments will be £40 for a full plot, which I think is good value. All the allotments have all been taken already.”
Cllr Bell will officially open the allotments on April 8.