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Work starts on Eco-town allotments
On March 8, 2011
Work to demolish the disused Alexandra Centre to make way for 16 much-needed allotments in Whitehill Bordon starts next week.
Whitehill Bordon is crying out for new allotments as there is currently a three to four year waiting list – with 51 people hoping to have one.
The allotments will open this summer.
The allotments, which are largely paid for by Eco-town funding, will be in Savile Crescent and will provide a place to grow fresh food and will also be a green haven for wildlife as they will provide habitats for many species.
It is also hoped that it will encourage residents to grow their own food and so cut down on ‘food miles’.
Alexandra Hall, which is not in use, will be demolished to clear the site and a telegraph pole will be moved to make way for the allotments.
The project will cost £34,200. The majority of this, £25,000, was funded from central government Eco-town funding.
And £8,000 is being used from the District Council’s Developer’s contribution pot for open space and £1,200 from the County Councillor’s devolved budget.
Cllr Adam Carew, the town’s mayor, said: “It is great news that the allotments will be open by the summer as there is a long waiting list for them.
“Residents are really excited about growing their own food and living a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle.”
Cllr Andrew Joy, portfolio holder for Whitehill Bordon, said: “I am delighted that work is starting on the allotments.
“They will be a tremendous asset for the town and will keep green fingers busy.”
Wessex Demolition & Salvage have been appointed to demolish the Alexandra Centre