Save our loos! - Allotment holders make plea to Peterborough City Council

Steve Temple, Paul Skerritt, John Green, Bernadette Skerritt, Georgina Bissell and Pam Barker with Charlie
Steve Temple, Paul Skerritt, John Green, Bernadette Skerritt, Georgina Bissell and Pam Barker with Charlie
3
Have your say

Allotment holders are calling on Peterborough City Council to ‘save their loos’ after the council shut the building they are housed in.

The building at the Hartwell Allotments in Hartwell Way, Ravensthorpe, has been placed out of action due to a leaky roof.

It was originally brought into use by the Hartwell Way Allotments Association in 2011 thanks to grants worth £600 from the Co-op Community Fund and Cambridgeshire Grassroots.

Association chair John Green (73) from Bretton is calling on the council to repair the building. He said: “It appears all our hard work was in vain.If the building is unsafe then it presents a hazard to adjacent allotment holders.”

Councillor Ed Murphy, member for Ravensthorpe Ward, said: “I have asked the council to keep this facility and make the roof safe. Allotment holders have raised funds themselves to improve the allotment site for fences, gates and the toilet block.

“They pay rent to the council which has an obligation to maintain the site.”

A council spokesman said a meeting with allotment representatives is being arranged. He added: “We have received quotes to repair the building which range from between £6,000 to just over £7,000.

“No other council allotment has a toilet and given the reduction in the council’s budget it is highly unlikely that we will pay to repair the building.

“We are arranging to meet with the allotment representative to discuss possible options. Following this, a final decision will be taken in due course.”