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Allotment go ahead for Balsall Common after lengthy wait

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.

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.

 

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