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Farm Terrace allotment petitioners hope for 100,000 signatures
Campaigners seeking to prevent a historic West Watford allotment being turned into homes and a hospital are hoping their petition can secure enough votes to force a parliamentary discussion on the issue.
In December Watford Borough Council finally granted approval for Farm Terrace allotments to be used for the new health campus and 600 new homes despite long-running protests from allotment holders.
The plan has been publicly supported by both Watford MP Richard Harrington and the town’s mayor Dorothy Thornhill, who have both stressed the importance of incorporating the historic allotment into the redevelopment of Watford General Hospital.
But residents say they are not going to give up without the fight and launched a petition on the HM Government website which, if it secures 100,000 signatures, will prompt a discussion amongst MPs.
Campaigner Sara Jane Trebar said: "The petition on HM Government has been going for a couple of weeks and it has got almost 500 signatures.
"We need to get 100,000 signatures then it has to be debated in the House of Commons.
"We know Eric Pickles will be aware of this so the more people that sign up the more he will realise how big a following this has."
The group has also made a video to help promote their campaign.