The process by which all the Council allotments in Crewe are to be disposed of has been criticised. Willaston and Rope Ward Councillor Brian Silvester said, " I was approached by a constituent who rents an allotment in Crewe and he was very concerned. I have now managed to ascertain that the plan is to transfer the allotments to the new Crewe Town Council,on a 150 year lease, when it is elected later in the year but this is not mentioned in the public notices that have been published.( See notes below) The Borough Council have no way of knowing if the Town Council will want to lease the allotments so the action is premature and could lead to an unnecessary loss of Council funds. Even if the Town Council are interested other parties could outbid them for the allotments. The Borough Council are trying to move forward in a mad rush and are in danger of becoming seriously unstuck. It is as if they have learned nothing from the Lyme Green fiasco. Cheshire East are moving forward without proper consultation with the allotment holders and local residents. This is just the latest example of where a decision has taken place before any consultation has begun. The Borough Council need to get their act together."
Cllr Brian Silvester BA (Hons)
Willaston and Rope Ward Councillor
Tel/fax 01270 567757
CHESHIRE EAST BOROUGH COUNCIL
Local Government Act 1972 as amended
by the Local Government Planning and Land Act 1980
DISPOSAL OF PUBLIC OPEN SPACE
ALLOTMENTS AT ELECTRICITY STREET CREWE CHESHIRE
1. Cheshire East Borough Council proposes, in accordance with Section 123 of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended by Section 118 of the Local Planning and Land Act 1980) to dispose of the allotment land at Electricity Street, Crewe Cheshire by way of a lease together with rights of way.
2. The land referred to in paragraph 1 above totals 5379 square metres or thereabouts.
3. Full details of this proposal have been deposited together with plans at the Reception, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach CW11 1HZ and may be inspected free of charge during normal office hours, Monday to Friday. It is also available at www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/council_information/public_notices/open_space_disposal.aspx
4. Any representation or objection with respect to the proposal should be sent in writing to Michael Rowan, Legal Services, Cheshire East Borough Council, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach CW11 1HZ quoting reference JC.9511.Electricity no later than 5 pm on 8 March 2013. Please state the grounds on which it is made.
13 February 2013
Cheshire East Borough Council