Al­lot­ment plans slated dur­ing Cabi­net meet­ing

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk & World Update -

OB­JEC­TIONS to pro­pos­als to cre­ate two new al­lot­ment sites in Peter­bor­ough have been heard by coun­cil­lors.

Crit­i­cisms of the plans to turn land at Wer­ring­ton Pad­dock and the Gun­thorpe Rec, be­tween Gun­thorpe Road and Hall­fields Lane, into al­lot­ments were pre­sented to Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil’s Cabi­net yes­ter­day.

A pe­ti­tion with sev­eral hun­dred sig­na­tures against the sites were col­lected by Lib­eral Demo­crat Coun­cil­lors Nick Sand­ford and Dar­ren Fower at the full coun­cil meet­ing in Fe­bru­ary.

Cllr Sand­ford was not able to at­tend the cabi­net due to work com­mit­ments but sub­mit­ted his ob­jec­tions to be read out in the meet­ing.

He said: “There has been mas­sive pub­lic op­po­si­tion to both pro­pos­als. The Gun­thorpe Rec site has been dis­cussed at two Com­mu­nity Com­mit­tee meet­ings, where pub­lic op­posi- tion to the pro­posal was also over­whelm­ing.

“I do not know of any­one out­side the city coun­cil who sup­ports these new al­lot­ment pro­pos­als and as ward councillor for the Wal­ton ward I fully sup­port both pe­ti­tions.

“Wer­ring­ton Pad­docks has a very high wildlife value and Gun­thorpe Rec is one of the few ar­eas of green space in the area and is much used by lo­cal peo­ple as an amenity.

“If the cabi­net is se­ri­ous about em­pow­er­ing lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and neigh­bour­hood coun­cils then it must lis­ten to what lo­cal peo­ple in my ward and in Wer­ring­ton South are say­ing and re­ject these pro­pos­als.”

The coun­cil said that a de­ci­sion had not yet been made about the sites and all vi­able op­tions were still be­ing as­sessed.

Cabi­net mem­bers also rec­om­mended that Cllr Sand­ford come for­ward with ideas for other lo­ca­tions for al­lot­ments.

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