For a number of years support for allotment holders by Crawley Borough Council had gradually declined while the waiting list for those applying for plots has lengthened.
Allotments were simply not a priority. So it is very welcome news that after two public meetings and a consultation exercise the amenities department has now published an action plan to remedy the deficiencies and this will be rolled out across the town over the next six months.
Allotments are an important asset that not only allow residents to grow fruit and vegetables for home consumption but which also provide healthy outdoor exercise in their cultivation, psychological satisfaction and a strengthening of community spirit amongst plot-holders.
Well done the amenities team for drawing up the plan and councillors Chris Mullins and Michael Jones for getting the ball rolling.
Mike Pickett, chairman, Southgate Community Forum.
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