Allotments welcomed by the community

Parish Coun Bill Yates and Coun Eric Bell
Parish Coun Bill Yates and Coun Eric Bell
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Plans to create much needed allotments in Chorley have been welcomed by the community.

Cuerden Valley Park Trust has submitted a planning application to Chorley Council to create 33 allotments on land off Factory Lane, Whittle-le-Woods.

The allotments will primarily be available to residents in the village.

Sheds and greenhouses will be built while a three metre wide access track will also be created.

Should the plans get the go ahead, work would start immediately and it is hoped they would be ready before the end of the year.

Coun Eric Bell, ward councillor for Clayton and Whittle-le-Woods, said: “I really hope the plans get the go ahead, the field is currently occupied by sheep and it used to have cows on it.

“It was water access as it is next to the river, there is a huge waiting list for allotments at the moment, they’re very popular, I’ve had my allotment for over 40 years.

“My only concern is parking, Factory Lane isn’t the easiest to park on, there are some spaces available at the moment.

“I’m not sure whether permits will be given to people who will own an allotment, we’ll have to wait and see.”

Bosses at Cuerden Valley Park Trust are yet to confirm how much the allotments will cost residents.

Jim Longbottom, Cuerden Valley Park’s manager, added: “There is a huge need for allotments that are actually available to local residents.

“These will potentially help take a number off people off Chorley Council’s allotment waiting list.

“We will speak to the council and start from there.

“Local people will get a preference when it comes to selecting the owners, we are still to finalise all the details, if planning permission is granted, we will have a better idea.”