Latest Update on the suggested new site.
This proposal has died a death as the land was purchased by a Winkton resident before the council could complete the deal. The locals didn't want us there either!
At the AGM notice was given that the local authority was looking at a possible replacement allotment site which was not Meyrick owned land.
On Tuesday 16th June 2015 the committee was taken to see an area of agricultural land close to the Hampshire border and was asked to consider whether it would recommend the site to the members should the borough council take out an option to purchase the land for a replacement allotment site.
The committee went away to consider the matter individually and met on Monday 22nd June to consider its response. At the end of the meeting the committee voted on two motions
1. The Committee does not feel, at this time, able to support the Council’s view that this site is a viable alternative to our present one. Having considered all the information and discussed the pros and cons, the committee will not be recommending this site to our members.
The vote in favour of the proposal was unanimous.
2. The Committee request that Matt Reeks and Alan Ottaway release Roeshot Allotment Committee from their position of confidentiality as the matter now seems to have fallen into the public domain.
The proposal was carried unanimously.
Alan Ruck (For the Committee RHAA)
The land in question was at Winkton in Harpway Lane, a turning opposite 'The Lamb' public house. (OS ref. 164 967 The fields between Harpway Lane and Salisbury Rd and labelled 'Winkton Acre' on the latest OS map.)
According to a Press Release from Christchurch B.C. dated 24th June (the day after the committee meeting and the day our decision was emailed to the Council) the land is being considered for purchase for community use, including a possible SANG (Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space) or possible allotments.
However, although this matter was almost certainly discussed at a CBC committee meeting last Tuesday, the minutes have been kept confidential and what was decided not made public.