Bid to cut wait for allotment

Shepherd Road allotments, St Annes.

Shepherd Road allotments, St Annes.

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DEVELOPERS could be forced to stump up for allotments as demand for grow-your-own plots continues to soar.

As it stands, residents in Lytham are facing a nine-year wait to secure a coveted plot on the town’s Moss Hall Lane allotments, while those in St Annes could be waiting up to three years for a space on the town council’s Shepherd Road site.

And now councillors are calling for help to tackle the growing allotment crisis.

Coun Tony Ford said: “There’s a big demand for allotments in St Annes and I would like to see developers asked to pay specific monies for the acquisition or provision of allotment land within their developments or elsewhere in St. Annes.

“The Town Council have been very pro-active in creating additional plots on the existing allotment area off Shepherd Road but as fast as we offer plots and reduce the waiting list new names are added.”

Fylde Council’s waiting list for the Lytham site stands at 90 people, with 67 vying for space from St Annes Town Council.

The town council is creating new allotments on a patch of land off Blundell Road, but plans to allocate these for use by community groups.

Town councillor Barbara Mackenzie added: “We had a waiting list a few years back of around 30 and now it’s over 60. Particularly with the recession people are growing their own and some people living in flats don’t have gardens.”

A spokesman for Fylde Council said: “We thinking asking developers to pay is a very interesting idea and we would be interested in considering it further.”