Stop the proposed closure of Farm Terrace Allotment in Watford
The outline planning in 2007 of the Health Campus in Watford excluded the closure of this allotment. A change has taken place and this historic (1896) terraced allotment is now in danger
West Watford & Oxhey Garden & Allotment Society
Jane McGuigan commented
Good luck to Farm Terrace Allotment Society, we must keep this historic plot of land for the community and the environment.
The proposed development is on a flood plain. The ''health' campus' holds no detailed plans for a new hospital and there is no funding either. West Watford is already a densely populated and overdeveloped part of Hertfordshire. The infrastructure is creaking in this area. We do not need another 750 properties.
Dave Wignall commented
Disgusting that more green space is being given over to car parking.
Agree totally re: flood plain considerations for development by John D. Also fully back Sue and Angela's comments. Fresh grown food is tasty, healthy and great fun to do!
I saw this plan from watching a programme on
the bbc. This is an outrageous propasal to close allotments within our "trying to keep green" council and community. The worse part is that they dont really know what the building plans are. Housing, football club car park or maybe a little hospital area, nobody really knows. Save our allotments
Carole Shorney commented
I am trying to encourage two local parish councils to have an allotment here here in SE Essex. Oh, and do please support my petition Safeguard our Soils, Mr. Pickles here at https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Safeguard_our_Soils_Mr_Pickles/?copy for which many thanks!
Sue Pellegrino commented
Allotments are a vital community asset. Green space should be retained in urban environments and the community should be encouraged to grow their own fresh food - healthy outdoor activity for all
John D commented
Has anyone worked out what the loss of the allotments and their concreting over will mean in terms of added flood risk in the area?
That is, of course, something that needs to be considered in overall terms of building all over the West Watford flood plain.
Did Eric Pickles consider the potentially increased risk of flooding when deciding the allotments could be used for a different purpose?
Holly Allen AKA gardenbirdblog commented
I think it's incredibly disappointing that people who are helping themselves to lead healthier lifestyles by growing food in a community setting are faced with being ousted from their allotments. Obesity, food security and lack of adequately planned, usable green spaces and infrastructure are at critical mass. Spiralling developments with inadequate access to green recreational spaces appear to being approved unchecked at a frightening rate in urban areas at the moment and I believe we are in danger of creating 'places to exist' rather than places to actually 'live'. Allotments and gardening are a key solution in tackling all of these issues and I think that in the long run the social cost of having less access to growing spaces will not be worth the short term revenue of yet another development.
John D commented
The allotments are clearly being taken not to build a bigger or better hospital but so that Watford Football Club can expand its parking provision. So, an active energetic recreational activity will now be replaced by one involving added numbers acting solely as spectators, with very little in the way of health benefits. Does this make sense? The added concrete on the land will surely result in more scenes like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAI9I3y_aIM in the future, only in West Watford.
I think Angela's points are all that needs to be said really...
Ann Williams commented
If this campaign succeeds, it will be a landmark case in the protection of allotments and food-growing, to which this government pays lip service, while seizing the sites for short-term 'development'.
With benefits being cut and the growing concern re food security in this country, more should be done to encourage Councils to have more allotments, not build over the ones they do have. Like all things its a cheap way of selling off land to a developer who wants to pack em and stack em high, more undersized homes with little or no outdoor space. More should be made of all the under utilised buildings that lie vacant in town centres, business parks etc. We need people with imagination and forward thinking, not ones that go for the easiest, quickest solution with no thought of the impact that building on these green spaces will bring. Those that support this land grab should be ashamed of themselves.
As an Allotment holder myself we must sticj together. Please sign my petition as its essential we gain control of our politicians in order to get things done.
Aaron Brown, Norwich commented
80 % of UK allotments have been lost since 1945 and with a population estimated to be 77 million by 2050, rising food prices, and food imports inescapably increasing above the 40% which they are at present as the developing world can no longer feed us; we are going to build on another 60 allotments. There really is no dam hope and it really is the case of local Lib Dem leaders knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing!
Roger Reading commented
Was the move by the Mayor a legal one or has she flouted the rules by going direct to a decision without a discussion. Personally I doubt she has any morals. At a time when the government is urging us all to be more active, she is closing the door, and consigning you all to a gradual decline in health, and to costing the NHS more in care and health. Shame on her. I bet she could do with an allotment of her own. Roger. (Harrow allotment holder).
These allotments are synonymous with Watford and with the football club! Burnley must have been the first team to play away at Watford when they opened their new stand because some of us still clearly remember - with amusement - being ushered along the edge of the allotments to our new designated stand. Indeed we were so amused we started up a rendition of "Tiptoe through the tulips". Putting houses so close to the ground is asking for trouble policing games, managing traffic on match days etc etc; in addition to the travesty of closing allotments at a time when I thought we were trying to encourage people to grow more!
I am amazed to hear that ‘Farm Terrace allotments’ are being threatened with closure, with 60 houses to go in its place. What a sad thing to happen, I seriously hope it does not.
I would not like to be remembered for doing such an act. You certainly would be remembered, not in a good way.
Farm Terrace allotments has I believe been in existence since 1896. Please do not replace this community open space. Allotments bring health and joy to all types of people in the community. Usually healthy law abiding people stem from such places. This needs to be encouraged!
Have sent an Email , Will write as well
The government should be funding the NHS needs from our taxes. Building hospitals is not a borough council responsibility - they should not be disposing of very useful facilities that ARE their responsibility, in this case allotments, to fund a new hospital.
Olivia Phillips commented
Allotments are a part of our cultural history, another poorly placed,poorly built housing project is a poor replacement.
Imagine hundreds more cars in the area