Final demonstration as allotment project starts

Protest: Resident Irene Jervis with residents of Mickley Hall who oppose allotments.        Picture: Glenn Ashley.

Protest: Resident Irene Jervis with residents of Mickley Hall who oppose allotments. Picture: Glenn Ashley.

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A LAST-ditch protest has been made by residents in a Sheffield suburb opposed to dozens of new allotments on a green field site.

Sheffield Council has started work to create around 50 allotments on land off Mickley Lane, Totley, in response to a shortage of plots and a growing number of people who want to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

But people living nearby and disabled residents at the Mickley Hall home, run by the Leonard Cheshire Foundation, argue the development will bring extra traffic and spoil the view.

The project sparked a heated debate at several meetings before being approved last year. Councillors agreed to change the layout and reduce the number of plots from around 70 proposed originally.

But Irene Jervis, who lives close to the site, has gathered with residents from Mickley Hall to demonstrate as council staff started work laying out the new plots.

She said: “This development has been pushed through without the council getting planning permission.

“Why should people living in the Cheshire Home have to endure their beautiful view being spoilt when they cannot get out and about.”

Dore and Totley Lib Dem councillor Keith Hill said: “I respect the residents’ right to have their opinion.

“But that has to be set against a very strong demand for allotments and a shortage of sites.

“Wherever was chosen would not have been popular with everyone.”

Sheffield Council said work to lay out the allotment will take around a month and the first new plots at Mickley lane will be available before the New Year.

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