Residents of Wolverley and Cookley are celebrating the handover of land for their new community allotments.
The asset transfer project has been collaboration between Wyre Forest District Council and Wolverley and Cookley Parish Council. Covering 7000 sq.m the land is situated between Lowe Lane and Fairfield Lane Wolverley.
Managed by Wolverley Allotments Society the new community green space will include a plot for Wolverley Sebright VE Primary School, a wild flower meadow, an orchard and about 40 allotment plots.
Councillor John Hart from Wolverley and Cookley Parish Council and District Councillor for Wolverley said
“We are absolutely delighted with the transfer of this land which will be a valued resource for future generations. It has been most rewarding to see the partnership effort that has gone into bringing this to fruition. We are pleased to take greater involvement and responsibility for local assets which benefit our community.”
The project comes as a result of the Localism Act which enables district councils to transfer assets, including land, to the community via parish councils.
Councillor Marcus Hart, Leader of Wyre Forest District Council said
“We are actively encouraging further involvement by community groups into the management of their local assets. This is a great example of that approach which adds value to the locality and saves the Council money. We are working hard to bring similar projects forward.”
This latest transfer follows the Civic Centre and Civic Hall in Stourport-on-Severn which is believed to be the largest community asset transfer in Worcestershire. Ownership passed from Wyre Forest District Council to Stourport Town Council in March. The project led to commitment from Worcestershire County Council for a £1.8 million refurbishment of the Civic Centre and by the district council for a £450,000 contribution to revamping the hall.
Community asset transfer projects in the pipeline include sports pitches to Worcestershire Football Association and Kidderminster Carolians and the public toilets in Upper Arley to the Parish Council
Jenny Bull, Wolverley Allotments Society Chairman said
“This transfer is great news for our green fingered residents. Although the site is not yet finished, parking spaces, boundary fencing and a mains water supply still need to be installed, more than half of the plots have been allocated. We are grateful to have received a donation of £1000 from the Mid-counties Co-op towards raised beds and £1000 from Country Councillor Gordon Yarranton. Plots should be ready for planting in Spring 2015.”
The society is also looking for people who can offer help, support or advice.
For more information, or to reserve a plot, call Jenny Bull on 01562 851511 or email.