Al­lot­ments given new lease of life thanks to of­fender scheme

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING -

AN al­lot­ment got a much-needed re­vamp thanks to of­fend­ers.

Crim­i­nals in­volved in the Pro­ba­tion Ser­vice’s Com­mu­nity Payback Scheme were tasked with clear­ing up aban­doned plots run for the South Park Al­lot­ment As­so­ci­a­tion.

The ma­jor prob­lem was to clear the unloved plots which had be­come over­grown over the past few years.

Berni Bur­gon, chair of the newly formed South Park Al­lot­ment As­so­ci­a­tion, praised the work of the team.

She said: “Our big thanks go to the Com­mu­nity Payback Team for their hard work over the week­end.

“I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to th­ese plots be­ing let by Cheshire East Coun­cil so that new ten­ants can sprout forth and start blos­som­ing.”

“Prospec­tive new ten­ants will not now feel so daunted and dis­cour­aged by the over­grown and ne­glected state of some of the plots when they see them for the first time with a view to tak­ing them over.

“The week­end blitz by the Payback Team has also given a lift to the cur­rent hard work­ing plot hold­ers. They will con­tinue with their ef­forts to im­prove the site, help­ing to main­tain it for their ben­e­fit as well as for fu­ture ten­ants.”

Mac­cles­field boasts sev­eral al­lot­ment sites. They in­clude: Bir­tles Road, Brook­field Lane, By­rons Street, Maple Av­enue; Knowsley Road, Labur­num Road, Lyme View, Sut­ton; Park Grove, South Park; Spring­field Road; Springhill, Hurds­field; Stam­ford Road.

●● Berni Bur­gon, chair of the South Park Al­lot­ment As­so­ci­a­tion, Becky, a su­per­vi­sor for the team and Mike Bull, com­mit­tee mem­ber of the South Park Al­lot­ment As­so­ci­a­tion at the site; in­set, the land be­fore the work

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