Allotment holders in Oakley will not move plots

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ALLOTMENT holders in Oakley are declining to move their vegetable patches.

As previously reported in The Gazette, Oakley Parish Council was approached by the Malshanger Estate, from which it leases the Station Road allotments, offering the use of another piece of land to the rear of Dell Farm, which could accommodate more allotments.

But the parish council has declined the offer and will instead try to re-negotiate its current lease, which ends in April 2014. Speaking at Oakley and Deane Parish Council meeting, Councillor John Strawbridge said: “We thank them for the offer of the new site, but it wasn’t appropriate, or supported by the allotment holders.”

The parish council has leased the allotments in Station Road since the 1970s, and has just over a year left on its current seven-year lease. But Malshanger Estate previously told the council it will only renew the lease on an annual basis.

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2:19pm Mon 21 Jan 13

BugBear says...

Blimey, well that is a surprise. Hats off to Oakley Parish Council for not being in the pay of big business. So unusual for people in authority to be so principled nowadays. I hope they get an award of some kind and the people of Oakley appreciate the people they have representing their best interests. Pity the governments not the same in their dealings with the EU.
Blimey, well that is a surprise. Hats off to Oakley Parish Council for not being in the pay of big business. So unusual for people in authority to be so principled nowadays. I hope they get an award of some kind and the people of Oakley appreciate the people they have representing their best interests. Pity the governments not the same in their dealings with the EU. BugBear
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2:46pm Mon 21 Jan 13

ELLIS17 says...

Well done to the Parish Council, but please do not take your eye of the vegetable patch, as some could suggest the current land owners have something more intrusive to the village`s skyline planned for this land come 2014 and it will not entail giant rows of runner beans being planted.
Well done to the Parish Council, but please do not take your eye of the vegetable patch, as some could suggest the current land owners have something more intrusive to the village`s skyline planned for this land come 2014 and it will not entail giant rows of runner beans being planted. ELLIS17
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12:19pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Best_Name_Ever says...

Sounds like it ELLIS17 - Lets hope Malshanger Estate will repeat this offer to the people of Oakley another site in a years time if they decide not to renew the lease. Otherwise they will lose an allotment site altogether.
Sounds like it ELLIS17 - Lets hope Malshanger Estate will repeat this offer to the people of Oakley another site in a years time if they decide not to renew the lease. Otherwise they will lose an allotment site altogether. Best_Name_Ever
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2:35pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Ding says...

I think this problem is more deep rooted than first thought.
I think this problem is more deep rooted than first thought. Ding
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