Plans have been submitted to turn part of an allotment site into a natural habitat – despite waiting lists standing at 26 months.
Allerdale Council, in Cumbria, has submitted plans for the land to the north of the main access track into the Northside Allotments site from the A596. It wants 0.39 hectares of the total 1.1 hectares site to become part of the adjoining Siddick Pond Nature Reserve.
April last year, Workington town council handed over the reins of the site to Allerdale Council as it could no longer afford to meet its legal obligations to provide a clean environment for allotment development. Ever since, Allerdale Council has been assessing how it should be used. They wrote to the 16 tenants at the site and have been working alongside local partners to find alternative provision for remaining plot holders.
Allerdale Council say the Northside site is “not a suitable site for allotment development, and provision is best focussed on developing capacity at other local sites”.