Allot of issues for growers with new site
Now, the 17 tenants are calling on Oldham council, which developed the new site and constructed greenhouses and sheds for the growers, to give them compensation.
Ian Wade, the association’s secretary, said: “The sheds are lovely, but we just can’t grow anything with this soil.
“People have paid for their plots and are looking forward to the growing season and they should be given compensation.”
Michael Fyson, 77, who has won more than a dozen awards since he took up a plot in 2004, said: “The council have done a decent job on the site but the soil is just rubbish. It’s full of water too.
“I’ve been digging some trenches to drain it and have had to bale out with a bucket. We won’t be able to grow anything of any quality here.”
The allotments were moved as part of a plan to redevelop the nearby Lancaster Club off Broadway into a ‘garden suburb’.
The development will include 142 homes, with the Grade II-listed club turned into apartments.
A five-a-side football pitch will be built on the former allotments as part of the development.
Oldham council said last month that work was under way to relocate the allotments and was due to be completed in May.
April is the month when allotment growers across the country are busy tending to their plots ahead of the growing sea- son. They have a limited window to plant their fruit and vegetables and missing it would spell disaster for this year’s crop.
Elaine McLean, Oldham council’s executive direc- tor for economy and skills, said: “Issues have been raised by Broadway Allotments Association regarding a number of plots at the new site and we are working closely with the group to address these matters. We are carrying out soil testing in the coming days to establish the cause of the standing water and how we can improve the situation for the plot holders.”
●● Michael Fyson, left, and Ian Wade at the new ‘sub-standard’ allotments