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Farm Terrace Allotment plans 'absolutely crucial' says Watford MP Richard Harrington
The Conservative said the Farm Terrace Allotments were "crucial" to the project, which promises a new hospital and 600 new homes in West Watford.
He also promised to push Government ministers for funds to redevelop Watford General Hospital like a "man possessed" once plans for the rebuild were in place.
The action group campaigning to save Farm Terrace said it was not surprised by the MP’s position and vowed to fight the threat to the land every step of the way.
The final say over whether the allotment land can be used in the project rests with the secretary of state for communities and local government, Eric Pickles.
Watford Borough Council is currently putting together an application to change the legal status of the allotment land so it can be used in the development. Speaking about the health campus this week, Mr Harrington said: "It is an absolutely crucial development for the whole area and I have personally put a lot of effort into it.
"It now economically depends on that land.
"I am led to believe by the powers that be at the council and the trust that the land is crucial for the whole project."
The allotment land was initially left out of the health campus plans when the masterplan was drawn up in 2007.
However last year plot-holders were told the land needed to be included to make the project economically viable for developers. At the same time the number of homes planned for sight, behind Vicarage Road, increased from 500 to 600.
In December Watford Borough Council passed a plan for the health campus that included the Farm Terrace land.
No firm plans have yet been drawn up for the hospital aspect of the health campus as the West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Watford General, needs to gain foundation status first.
Mr Harrington said once the plans were ready he would lobby The Government for funds for the new hospital.
He added: "As soon as there are proposals I will be pushing for this. I am obsessed with this, I am going to make sure the hospital will be done. I am a man possessed."
Following Mr Harrington’s comments, the Farm Terrace Action Group said it planned to make its own representations to Mr Pickles for why the allotments should be saved.
Sara Jane Trebar, a spokesman for the group, said: "We have known that was his (Mr Harrington’s) stance for a while, even though he had not said it in public and was sitting on the fence a bit.
"We have had him down at the allotments and he looked very uncomfortable.
"We are putting a submission in to Eric Pickles as to why the allotments should stay and we believe we have strong points.
"We will fight this every step of the way."