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Setting off: Janet Alty, Chris White and Geoff Southgate

 

On Sunday 23rd November the Welly Walkers turned out in force, almost 100, to show planners and developers that they will not tolerate building on North Leamington Green Belt or Leamington Allotments. Six allotment societies were walking alongside their fellow supporters for the preservation of the Green Belt.

Geoff Southgate of B.L.A.S.T. rousing supporters

 

Despite snow overnight and driving rain in the morning they still turned out in their wellies to drive the message home and the sun came out on the various speakers who gave their unanimous support. Janet Alty of the Green Party quoted from a report of the Environment Audit Committee ‘In light of the latest economic projections, fundamental changes in the mortgage market, and falling house prices, the Government should urgently review the assumptions on which its 3 million new homes target is based.   …..The Government should ensure that, in the current market downturn, an excess of land is not made available to developers, something which is already leading to Greenfield sites being developed in preference to brownfield site.’

Alan Beddow leads the Welly Walk through Binswood

 

Alan Beddow, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Warwick & Leamington, said ‘If we are to maintain the character of our towns as great places to live development should not be at the expense of the facilities and countryside that allow our towns to breathe and communities to thrive.    Our towns are like our plots that we tend and nurture’.

First wave of Welly Walkers approaching Old Milverton

 

Bob Crowther, Warwick District Councillor (Labour), reminded us that there are people who are desperate for housing but we should be ‘heartened about the future of allotments’ and ‘be open and charitable to people needing housing and be discriminating about Green Belt’

2nd wave of Welly Walkers trying to catch up

 

Bill Gifford Warwick District & Royal Leamington Town Councillor (Liberal Democrat) said ‘It is clear today from this walk that people in Leamington do not want to see the allotments and the Green Belt to the north of Leamington built on. That is the message the government needs to hear and it is the message that Warwick District Council needs to listen to when they decide where new housing should go. What we need are more allotments in Leamington.  What we also need are decent affordable homes.  What we need is the green belt to the north of Leamington’.

Janet Alty speaking with Bill Gifford, Chris White & Bob Crowther

 

Chris White, Conservative Parliamentary candidate Warwick & Leamington, said ‘We all know there is a demand for more housing – but this must not be at the expense of those things, like our allotments, that make our community so strong.    The allotments are a place where people come together to grow good, healthy food for themselves, their friends and their families – and we must do all we can to protect them’.

The Welly Walk was organised by B.L.A.S.T. (Bringing Leamington Allotments Societies Together) with the sole intention of persuading Warwick District Council to follow Leamington Town Council’s lead and unanimously exclude any planning options that incorporate Leamington Allotments or Green Belt in North Leamington.

Geoff Southgate (B.L.A.S.T. committee member) says ‘This green belt land has been growing land since Saxon times – that’s over a thousand years of producing crops and food. Our allotments were created at the end of the First World War for the returning heroes and have been worked continuously for 90 years. If this land is covered in tarmac and houses it will grow no more. At a time when the world’s resources are being put under severe pressure the need for self-sufficiency will grow and grow.  

Please sign our online petition www.leamingtonallotments.co.uk