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New allotment sites on the way

Portishead gardeners many of whom are used to wait around five years to get an allotment may soon get their own piece of garden after the Town Council agreed to purchase a piece of land that sits near the town cemetery for use of allotments.

Purchase negotiations are still under way and the site will need to be officially valued before the deal can be finalized.

Although the exact location of the site which is thought to sit along Clevedon Road has not yet been released, it is known that the land that will be purchased is owned by a prominent local family.

The town council will need to apply for planning permission in order to create a gardeners shed and car park on the allotment site.

It is hoped that by the close of 2010 gardeners will be able to enter the allotments and start getting them ready for spring crops.

The town council has three allotment sites already, two on Down Road and Beach Hill and one located in North Weston.

The former are managed by the Portishead Allotment Association.  The North Weston site however is run by another association that is said to have a few dozen people waiting for plots.

At the moment there are around 60 people waiting to receive plots on the Down Road and Beach hill sites.

The town council has been trying to meet the demand over the last few years and have spent time searching for a piece of suitable land for gardening allotments.  It has already earmarked a portion of its budget to pay for the new allotments.



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