Haydon Wick Parish Council is about to open 38 much-needed new allotments after successfully completing long-running negotiations to secure the land.
The new plots – traditionally known as ‘leisure gardens’ – have been created on the site of the compound used by Thames Water during flood alleviation works. Following the water company’s departure, the Council has seized the opportunity to use the land to help ease the serious shortage of allotments in the Parish.
The 38 new plots, the majority being the standard 96 square metres, should be ready this summer. Parishioners on the waiting list for allotments have been contacted to confirm their interest and will be notified again when their allocated plots become available.
Richard Hailstone, Chairman of Haydon Wick Parish Council, said, “I’m absolutely delighted that we’re able to provide these new allotments and help address the shortage of plots in the Parish.
“Some residents have been on the waiting list for years and will be delighted that at last they’ve got the leisure garden they’ve wanted for so long.
“This had been made possible after a lot of hard work and negotiations with all the parties involved, particularly by the Parish Council’s Recreation Committee, and I look forward to the new leisure gardens being officially opened very soon.”