Contractors are to transform eyesore land for use as a community garden

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The overgrown Scotchman Road allotments The overgrown Scotchman Road allotments

Unused land at an overgrown allotment site in Bradford is to be transformed into a community garden.

Residents living near the Scotchman Road allotments, off Toller Lane, had become concerned after demand for the plots dropped and the land became an eyesore.

But next Monday, Bradford Council contractors will begin work to breathe new life into the site.

Toller ward councillors Amir Hussain, Arshad Hussain and Imran Hussain have agreed to Area Action Planning money being used towards the first phase of creating a community garden.

Residents have been consulted on the proposals and have given their approval to the work, which will be done in several phases.

Bradford Council's landscape, design and conservation team has designed the garden and the Council's highways maintenance team will carry out phase one, which will include clearing the site, landscaping, marking out pathways and fencing off the remaining working allotments from the community garden.

Coun Imran Hussain, deputy leader of the Council, said: “We have had a very positive response from the residents, with some showing a strong interest in getting involved.

“We plan to involve local primary school children in phase two of the project, which will provide an important local amenity for people to enjoy and make the area safer and greener for everyone.

“We are delighted that pupils from Margaret McMillan and Lilycroft Primary Schools are already working regularly on the allotments, growing their own food and keeping fit. These and other local schools are also working with residents and the Allotments Association to put together ideas for the site. St Cuthbert's is one school that has expressed a commitment to be involved.”

Phase two will also see the paths finished, trees planted and benches installed.

Bradford Council's Toller ward co-ordinator and allotments officer are supporting Bradford district empowerment network (CNet) and Bradford Community Environment Project (BCEP) in their application for funding for phase two.

If you would like to get involved in the project, call Masood Gondal, Toller ward officer, on (01274) 432597; Janette Goodinson, allotments officer, on (01274) 432247; Jane Robinson, BCEP, on (01274) 223236; or Muppett, at CNet, on (01274) 305045.

Anyone who wants an allotment plot at Scotchman Road, or any other site in the district, should ring the allotments office on (01274) 434212.

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3:56pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Yorkshire Lass says...

Its a pity that other Councillors' in run down area's where allotments are not in use cannot find the funding to do the same but in these times of austerity, surely volunteers would have been better to tackle the problem.
Its a pity that other Councillors' in run down area's where allotments are not in use cannot find the funding to do the same but in these times of austerity, surely volunteers would have been better to tackle the problem. Yorkshire Lass

1:57am Fri 17 Jan 14

Ahrmen Aleg says...

How sad to see it.
I walked through many time as a boy after sunday football at Scotchman Road playing fields.
Always well maintained then right through the seventies.
Clearly the demographic has changed.Remember fondly old men and their giant tomatoes that they would give us that tasted wonderfull on the walk home.
Today no one has time or inclination.
Maybe Thatcher was right or she set he mindset..
There is no such thing as community.
Gone all the mills,engineering and jobs.
And the spirit of self esteem and pride.
Yorkshire Lass is right.
Those old men did not need handouts.
But they did not have councillors such as these three.
Hang your heads In shame.
Whilst the poor and services get poorer and the council cannot even answer the phone in 20 minutes money is thrown at this.
How much?
Too much in these severe austere times.
Britain expects the state to do everything.
How sad to see it. I walked through many time as a boy after sunday football at Scotchman Road playing fields. Always well maintained then right through the seventies. Clearly the demographic has changed.Remember fondly old men and their giant tomatoes that they would give us that tasted wonderfull on the walk home. Today no one has time or inclination. Maybe Thatcher was right or she set he mindset.. There is no such thing as community. Gone all the mills,engineering and jobs. And the spirit of self esteem and pride. Yorkshire Lass is right. Those old men did not need handouts. But they did not have councillors such as these three. Hang your heads In shame. Whilst the poor and services get poorer and the council cannot even answer the phone in 20 minutes money is thrown at this. How much? Too much in these severe austere times. Britain expects the state to do everything. Ahrmen Aleg

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