Future plotted for allotments

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CONTROVERSIAL plans for allotments in the south west of Sheffield were being discussed this week.

Council officers want to press ahead with preparing to use council-owned land off Mickley Lane, Totley, for 70 plots after checking other potential locations in the Dore and Totley Area. The site has the backing of the local Community Assembly and the Allotment Advisory Group but not everybody believes it is the best spot. A 245-name petition was submitted.

The council’s cabinet was being recommended yesterday (Wednesday) to approve the Mickley Lane scheme. “The location of allotments is always a sensitive issue and should be given careful consideration,” said an officers’ report. “The site is deliverable and can help meet the demand for local food growing in the Dore and Totley area.”

Meanwhile the authority will continue to look at other possible locations. “Of the sites proposed that are Sheffield City Council owned, Limb Lane sports field and the Beauchief Hall former nursery site would appear to offer some potential as future allotment sites. These could be pursued in future should demand continue to remain high in the south west.”