New allotments plan

Land next to station up for auction
Land next to station up for auction

A CHANCE to grow your own looks likely to be available to more residents in Market Rasen soon.

The town council are aiming to provide new allotments in the town.

As reported in last week’s Market Rasen Mail, the town council is looking to purchase De Aston Field from Lincolnshire County Council which could be used for allotments, but is now also looking at land between the train station and Gordon Field, which used to be allotments 30 years ago.

The land was earmarked for housing, but planning permission was refused by the Secretary of State as there is no obvious vehicular access and the land is now up for auction on Tuesday, April 24, with a guide price of £30-40,000.

Deputy Mayor Steve Bunney said: “The issue is what do we want to see for the town and here is where we need to take the lead.

“People in the town are now saying ‘why don’t we bring the allotments back.’ We have an opportunity here.”

The town council will discuss the matter further at its finance and general purposes committee held tonight at the Old Police Station, starting at 7pm.

But the plans for allotments is already gaining public support.

Carol Skye said: “I support the plans to look at acquiring the old allotments site to return to original use.

“This has been placed on the consultation wishlist by many people and the land is clearly of no use for building as has no road access also extremely well located in central town-could be part of BIG initiative to get local produce sold on a revived market/auction involve training workshops-incentive to reduce family expenditure-could create food co-operative.”