Council invests £800,000 in town's allotments

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More than £800,000 is being invested in Watford allotments, with improvement works starting this week.

The works at ten sites across the town include new toilets, new fencing and gates, and additional improvements to water supplies, signage, noticeboards, footpaths and site access.

The council has written to the allotment tenants explaining how they may be affected by the investment programme, which will run until December.

The sites are at Paddock Road, Oxhey Grange, Brightwell, Holywell, Chester Road, Timberlake, Tavistock Road, Callowland, Briar Road and Garston Manor.

All tenants were then able to provide feedback on the final improvement proposals.

For more information about allotments in Watford, visit: watford.gov.uk/allotments.

 

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6:53pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Retlas says...

Hypocritical comes to mind!!
Hypocritical comes to mind!! Retlas
  • Score: 16

7:42pm Wed 30 Jul 14

itsafamilyclub!!! says...

Good news for the allotment holders on the new hospital site.

Im pleased for you, lets hope you take the lovely offer by the council of alternative allotment plots.

You are after all now jumping the queue for other allotment plots..
Good news for the allotment holders on the new hospital site. Im pleased for you, lets hope you take the lovely offer by the council of alternative allotment plots. You are after all now jumping the queue for other allotment plots.. itsafamilyclub!!!
  • Score: -30

8:14pm Wed 30 Jul 14

sjtrebar says...

We are disappointed that with the current national Allotment Court Case you don't even mention the case in this article!
We are disappointed that with the current national Allotment Court Case you don't even mention the case in this article! sjtrebar
  • Score: 25

8:27pm Wed 30 Jul 14

theturpster says...

itsafamilyclub!!! wrote:
Good news for the allotment holders on the new hospital site.

Im pleased for you, lets hope you take the lovely offer by the council of alternative allotment plots.

You are after all now jumping the queue for other allotment plots..
Can anyone babelfish this comment into something understandable please?
[quote][p][bold]itsafamilyclub!!![/bold] wrote: Good news for the allotment holders on the new hospital site. Im pleased for you, lets hope you take the lovely offer by the council of alternative allotment plots. You are after all now jumping the queue for other allotment plots..[/p][/quote]Can anyone babelfish this comment into something understandable please? theturpster
  • Score: 15

8:53pm Wed 30 Jul 14

croxley46 says...

Is this Dotty trying to appease allotment holders in Watford because of the c*ck up she's made on the "Health Campus" one?
I believe the judgment is due this week on the High Court case - let's hope it goes against her.
Is this Dotty trying to appease allotment holders in Watford because of the c*ck up she's made on the "Health Campus" one? I believe the judgment is due this week on the High Court case - let's hope it goes against her. croxley46
  • Score: 21

9:26pm Wed 30 Jul 14

itsafamilyclub!!! says...

sjtrebar wrote:
We are disappointed that with the current national Allotment Court Case you don't even mention the case in this article!
yeeeeea like you have had so little coverage in this paper...

A live feed minute by minute and the headline article on the day of the case on this site plus loads of articles running up that that..
OOOOH you are not mentioned in this article you poor lamb ****

Do you not think you should be grateful rather than disappointed?
[quote][p][bold]sjtrebar[/bold] wrote: We are disappointed that with the current national Allotment Court Case you don't even mention the case in this article![/p][/quote]yeeeeea like you have had so little coverage in this paper... A live feed minute by minute and the headline article on the day of the case on this site plus loads of articles running up that that.. OOOOH you are not mentioned in this article you poor lamb **** Do you not think you should be grateful rather than disappointed? itsafamilyclub!!!
  • Score: -27

9:29pm Wed 30 Jul 14

itsafamilyclub!!! says...

Shame Phil Cox wasnt elected eh.........
Shame Phil Cox wasnt elected eh......... itsafamilyclub!!!
  • Score: -1

9:37pm Wed 30 Jul 14

inside-watford says...

croxley46 wrote:
Is this Dotty trying to appease allotment holders in Watford because of the c*ck up she's made on the "Health Campus" one?
I believe the judgment is due this week on the High Court case - let's hope it goes against her.
Whilst I support the Farm Terrace Campaign it should be noted that the plans for investment were made around the same time as the revealed Health Campus plans.

So yes it's probably being done as a way of trying to balance things but it isn't something that has suddenly been created due to the ongoing battle.

I agree with Sara though that the article should have covered the Farm Terrace battle even if it were brief.
[quote][p][bold]croxley46[/bold] wrote: Is this Dotty trying to appease allotment holders in Watford because of the c*ck up she's made on the "Health Campus" one? I believe the judgment is due this week on the High Court case - let's hope it goes against her.[/p][/quote]Whilst I support the Farm Terrace Campaign it should be noted that the plans for investment were made around the same time as the revealed Health Campus plans. So yes it's probably being done as a way of trying to balance things but it isn't something that has suddenly been created due to the ongoing battle. I agree with Sara though that the article should have covered the Farm Terrace battle even if it were brief. inside-watford
  • Score: 17

10:15pm Wed 30 Jul 14

theturpster says...

I've met some p**cks in my life, but you can always rely on a complete cactus to troll on the allotment stories ;-)
I've met some p**cks in my life, but you can always rely on a complete cactus to troll on the allotment stories ;-) theturpster
  • Score: 15

11:59pm Wed 30 Jul 14

ancientandageing says...

sonehow I think this could end up biting a certtain derrière
sonehow I think this could end up biting a certtain derrière ancientandageing
  • Score: 8

1:25am Thu 31 Jul 14

Veritas says...

jumping the queues??? I thought Dotty was claiming they are underused!!

How did she miss an opportunity to be on TV last night, big mistake to
have Manny Lewis, only reminded Londoners of his
questionable past. Ha Ha

Now ruining Allotments

All we need now is for some someone to unpick, just like the
Pond(£4millio) where the £800,000 is being spent, to show
that Dotty and CO talk a load of old Compost!!!

YOU might also find, that some of the money would have had to
have been spent on Upkeep, as over the years, they seem to
have been deliberately neglected!!

Wonder why?

Seems from FOI there are no queues?
jumping the queues??? I thought Dotty was claiming they are underused!! How did she miss an opportunity to be on TV last night, big mistake to have Manny Lewis, only reminded Londoners of his questionable past. Ha Ha Now ruining Allotments All we need now is for some someone to unpick, just like the Pond(£4millio) where the £800,000 is being spent, to show that Dotty and CO talk a load of old Compost!!! YOU might also find, that some of the money would have had to have been spent on Upkeep, as over the years, they seem to have been deliberately neglected!! Wonder why? Seems from FOI there are no queues? Veritas
  • Score: 7

7:52am Thu 31 Jul 14

ancientandageing says...

Veritas wrote:
jumping the queues??? I thought Dotty was claiming they are underused!!

How did she miss an opportunity to be on TV last night, big mistake to
have Manny Lewis, only reminded Londoners of his
questionable past. Ha Ha

Now ruining Allotments

All we need now is for some someone to unpick, just like the
Pond(£4millio) where the £800,000 is being spent, to show
that Dotty and CO talk a load of old Compost!!!

YOU might also find, that some of the money would have had to
have been spent on Upkeep, as over the years, they seem to
have been deliberately neglected!!

Wonder why?

Seems from FOI there are no queues?
these other allotments just wondering what wards they are in and what party has cllrs there
[quote][p][bold]Veritas[/bold] wrote: jumping the queues??? I thought Dotty was claiming they are underused!! How did she miss an opportunity to be on TV last night, big mistake to have Manny Lewis, only reminded Londoners of his questionable past. Ha Ha Now ruining Allotments All we need now is for some someone to unpick, just like the Pond(£4millio) where the £800,000 is being spent, to show that Dotty and CO talk a load of old Compost!!! YOU might also find, that some of the money would have had to have been spent on Upkeep, as over the years, they seem to have been deliberately neglected!! Wonder why? Seems from FOI there are no queues?[/p][/quote]these other allotments just wondering what wards they are in and what party has cllrs there ancientandageing
  • Score: 3

8:10am Thu 31 Jul 14

Dravid says...

This appears no more than the council using the newspaper for propaganda. Shame on the Observer for failing in its duty to report the news. The key story is the Council choosing this week to announce this story to distract from a court case where they are under scrutiny for lying about ALLOTMENTS.
Absolutely vile piece of reporting and an utter disgrace to logic.
There is no excuse except propaganda not to include the full story of a council caught lying about using tax payers money to build houses.
You have not even done due diligence in asking the council about their grand plans for 750 houses that does not include a new school or doctor's surgery or even a corner shop.
What is best for Watford is not to further place pressure on the limited social resources the town already has.
There is more than money involved in such town decisions and the Observer needs to become a voice for the town and not the council
This appears no more than the council using the newspaper for propaganda. Shame on the Observer for failing in its duty to report the news. The key story is the Council choosing this week to announce this story to distract from a court case where they are under scrutiny for lying about ALLOTMENTS. Absolutely vile piece of reporting and an utter disgrace to logic. There is no excuse except propaganda not to include the full story of a council caught lying about using tax payers money to build houses. You have not even done due diligence in asking the council about their grand plans for 750 houses that does not include a new school or doctor's surgery or even a corner shop. What is best for Watford is not to further place pressure on the limited social resources the town already has. There is more than money involved in such town decisions and the Observer needs to become a voice for the town and not the council Dravid
  • Score: 16

8:20am Thu 31 Jul 14

sjtrebar says...

itsafamilyclub!!! wrote:
sjtrebar wrote:
We are disappointed that with the current national Allotment Court Case you don't even mention the case in this article!
yeeeeea like you have had so little coverage in this paper...

A live feed minute by minute and the headline article on the day of the case on this site plus loads of articles running up that that..
OOOOH you are not mentioned in this article you poor lamb ****

Do you not think you should be grateful rather than disappointed?
Although you are obviously a council troll I will reply to this. In every article that features us the Watford Observer also includes a 'reply' from the council. They should have done the same for us here. Now run back to Dotty and plan your response!
[quote][p][bold]itsafamilyclub!!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sjtrebar[/bold] wrote: We are disappointed that with the current national Allotment Court Case you don't even mention the case in this article![/p][/quote]yeeeeea like you have had so little coverage in this paper... A live feed minute by minute and the headline article on the day of the case on this site plus loads of articles running up that that.. OOOOH you are not mentioned in this article you poor lamb **** Do you not think you should be grateful rather than disappointed?[/p][/quote]Although you are obviously a council troll I will reply to this. In every article that features us the Watford Observer also includes a 'reply' from the council. They should have done the same for us here. Now run back to Dotty and plan your response! sjtrebar
  • Score: 12

9:03am Thu 31 Jul 14

itsafamilyclub!!! says...

sjtrebar wrote:
itsafamilyclub!!! wrote:
sjtrebar wrote:
We are disappointed that with the current national Allotment Court Case you don't even mention the case in this article!
yeeeeea like you have had so little coverage in this paper...

A live feed minute by minute and the headline article on the day of the case on this site plus loads of articles running up that that..
OOOOH you are not mentioned in this article you poor lamb ****

Do you not think you should be grateful rather than disappointed?
Although you are obviously a council troll I will reply to this. In every article that features us the Watford Observer also includes a 'reply' from the council. They should have done the same for us here. Now run back to Dotty and plan your response!
Blimey...

'A council troll', 'run along to Dotty'..

You sound as paranoid as Phi Cox before he got knocked out first round in the election.
[quote][p][bold]sjtrebar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]itsafamilyclub!!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sjtrebar[/bold] wrote: We are disappointed that with the current national Allotment Court Case you don't even mention the case in this article![/p][/quote]yeeeeea like you have had so little coverage in this paper... A live feed minute by minute and the headline article on the day of the case on this site plus loads of articles running up that that.. OOOOH you are not mentioned in this article you poor lamb **** Do you not think you should be grateful rather than disappointed?[/p][/quote]Although you are obviously a council troll I will reply to this. In every article that features us the Watford Observer also includes a 'reply' from the council. They should have done the same for us here. Now run back to Dotty and plan your response![/p][/quote]Blimey... 'A council troll', 'run along to Dotty'.. You sound as paranoid as Phi Cox before he got knocked out first round in the election. itsafamilyclub!!!
  • Score: -15

9:25am Thu 31 Jul 14

ancientandageing says...

If the council has not (and I expect that it has not) made an assesmrnt of the needs of Farm Terrace, and apportioned money for this, then they are being prersumptious arrogant and very silly in my opinion.
Logically the case can go either way and should it go Farm Terrace's way then the council will either have to say no Radlet road you can't have a new feence Farm terrace nrrd a loo, or it will have to add an extra £50K or something to the budget.
Either way its just bonkers
If the council has not (and I expect that it has not) made an assesmrnt of the needs of Farm Terrace, and apportioned money for this, then they are being prersumptious arrogant and very silly in my opinion. Logically the case can go either way and should it go Farm Terrace's way then the council will either have to say no Radlet road you can't have a new feence Farm terrace nrrd a loo, or it will have to add an extra £50K or something to the budget. Either way its just bonkers ancientandageing
  • Score: 3

9:36am Thu 31 Jul 14

TRT says...

I'm willing to bet half of the proposed improvements never appear. Things like re-surfacing the access roads, toilet blocks, more water troughs. I'm glad, though, that they haven't decided to install gulag-style 8ft spiked top fencing at Paddock Road to replace the current 3 foot maple-pale and wire stuff. Nothing makes an allotment more like a prison garden / apartheid enclave than massive fences and barbed wire. It's a shame that there are thefts from allotments, of course, but it's nowhere near as bad as the theft of an entire site that the council perpetrate.
I'm willing to bet half of the proposed improvements never appear. Things like re-surfacing the access roads, toilet blocks, more water troughs. I'm glad, though, that they haven't decided to install gulag-style 8ft spiked top fencing at Paddock Road to replace the current 3 foot maple-pale and wire stuff. Nothing makes an allotment more like a prison garden / apartheid enclave than massive fences and barbed wire. It's a shame that there are thefts from allotments, of course, but it's nowhere near as bad as the theft of an entire site that the council perpetrate. TRT
  • Score: 8

12:06pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Veritas says...

lets see. This story came out over a year and a half ago?

What have the Dodgy Council added? Toilet blocks? Who is going to
clean and maintain? Dottys private Plumber?

I wonder if its the same, as that Dodgy Window Company with a sign at
the town hall roundabout who did her Mansion?


Lies work, as the Scum are still in Power, working for their
own ends!!!!!!!!!!
lets see. This story came out over a year and a half ago? What have the Dodgy Council added? Toilet blocks? Who is going to clean and maintain? Dottys private Plumber? I wonder if its the same, as that Dodgy Window Company with a sign at the town hall roundabout who did her Mansion? Lies work, as the Scum are still in Power, working for their own ends!!!!!!!!!! Veritas
  • Score: 2

5:09pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Wacko Jacko says...

So this 'news' article reports what we've all known for well over a year that the council are planning to spend lots of their money upgrading most of the town's allotments for the lucky holders who have them. So how is this seen as a subject for criticism from the Save FT supporters? Could it be that the Farm Terrace mafiosi have been eating too many of their own sour grapes? This investment proves that Watford is fully committed to providing a good level of allotments for the town, even if sometimes the exact location of those allotments may need to change as other demands on our limited land resources have to be accommodated. I look forward to hearing that the FT case has been booted out and costs awarded against the Save FT campaigners.
So this 'news' article reports what we've all known for well over a year that the council are planning to spend lots of their money upgrading most of the town's allotments for the lucky holders who have them. So how is this seen as a subject for criticism from the Save FT supporters? Could it be that the Farm Terrace mafiosi have been eating too many of their own sour grapes? This investment proves that Watford is fully committed to providing a good level of allotments for the town, even if sometimes the exact location of those allotments may need to change as other demands on our limited land resources have to be accommodated. I look forward to hearing that the FT case has been booted out and costs awarded against the Save FT campaigners. Wacko Jacko
  • Score: -7

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