THE Good Life has come true for a group of allotment holders.
The gardeners at Ickenham’s Glebe Allotment are celebrating after receiving assurances from Hillingdon Council that it will not be sold for development.
Instead, the site in Glebe Avenue is to be granted Statutory Allotment Status, protecting it by law from development in the future. Only the Secretary of State has the authority to grant development of the land or use for other purposes.
Councillor Jonathan Bianco, the cabinet member for property, said: “We were more than happy to grant this extra level of protection for one of our most popular sites which has, for the past two years, won the award for best site at our annual [allotment awards] ceremony.
“We hope to see more residents taking up allotments to add to the beautiful green spaces Hillingdon has to offer.”
Inspired by a show performed by Mikron Theatre Company at Ickenham Village Hall, Margaret Christie, site secretary and a plotholder for 25 years, asked the council to step in.
“I went to see a show called Losing the Plot. It made me realise
just how important allotments are.
“We decided to ask the council to upgrade our site because of our long history and recent awards. We’re delighted that it will now have extra protection.
“We have always had a great community spirit, with all 55 plotholders working hard to keep the site tidy. It’s such a peaceful and beautiful place, and it’s great to have the council’s support.”