A plea has gone out to find a “generous benefactor” to provide land to house Cromer’s allotments.

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Seven years after the 32 Holt Road pitches were opened, a long waiting list and the planned extension of the neighbouring cemetery mean it needs to be moved.

Cromer Town Council, which owns and administers the allotments, is hoping for a “sizeable piece” of land on the edge of the town to enable the relocation.

Town clerk Julie Chance said: “We have 32 allotments, but 40 people are on the waiting list. There has been a significant waiting list since day one, so there is clear demand.

“We’ve written to all the existing allotment-holders to say that we are looking to move them because we need the land for future burials.

“What we need is a generous benefactor to come forward with some land. We would like a bigger piece of land than we have at the moment, because of the waiting list, which is getting longer.”

Last month, the council agreed to put the cemetery lodge on the market, after years of renting it out to tenants.

● Contact Mrs Chance on 01263 512254.

4 comments

  • If I recall, local councils have the option to compulsorily purchase land for allotments if the waiting list gets to a certain size.

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    Callum Ringer

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • i have been waiting for an allotment in north walsham for about 8 years when i rang the council to see where i was on the list i had gone from 28th to 25thso i don't think i will be getting one in my life time.i thought if enough people wanted allotments the council had to supply am i right?

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    kaz

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • You better be quick, before all the green fields get built on by lego houses. There must be money in the coffers from the new housing development shambles, or put allotment provision in a S106 agreement. By the way there are about 20 allotments sitting unused in Sheringham because the Town Council are now pricing people out of the allotments.

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    paddy5791

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • There is a lot of land suitable for allotments available around Cromer. However, it appears a lot of it sits unused and overgrown. A good example is the field on the Overstrand Road adjacent to the golf club.

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    Douglas McCoy

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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