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Potter Street allotment handed over to local community

Charity / Tue 3rd Oct 2023 at 11:12am

HARLOW Council has entered into an agreement with a local charity to run an allotment in the Potter Street area to encourage people back to the facility as part of the council’s priority to restore pride in Harlow.

The allotment, at Dudley Terrace, is now managed by the Potter Street Health and Wellbeing Hub, who took over after signing the relevant paperwork on Friday 22 September and will be known as the Potter Street and Church Langley Community Garden.

Work can now begin on advertising for new tenants to let plots, as well as encourage existing tenants back to the site.

An area to the rear of the site is going to be left wild to encourage biodiversity.

Following the handover, Councillor Nicky Purse, cabinet portfolio holder for environment, paid a visit to the site with Colin Thorpe, a representative from the charity. She said:

“As part of our priority to restore pride in Harlow we are working with the community to bring back into use old allotment sites to benefit residents. Colin is an existing tenant of this allotment and spends a fair bit of time here, so has witnessed that, over time, many plots have fallen into disuse which is a real shame.

“The Potter Street Health and Wellbeing Hub are now, with our help, working to bring the disused plots back into use and get people using them again, growing their own fruit and veg and promoting a healthy, active lifestyle.”

Colin Thorpe said: “I’m so glad that we are now able to look after this allotment and want it to become a real community in itself. The health and wellbeing benefits to users, as well as the community aspect and social interaction, are so important to cultivate; having an allotment also helps to promote self reliance and can help reduce family shopping bills as you grow your own nutritious food.”

For more information about taking up a plot at the allotment, please email [email protected] or call 07767 783482.

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11 Comments for Potter Street allotment handed over to local community:

David Forman
2023-10-03 11:54:23

Well done to our Conservative controlled Harlow Council, portfolio holder councillor Nicky Purse and Colin Thorpe of the Potter Street and Church Langley Community Garden. A few regular YH contributors who have constantly doubted the council's commitment to Potter Street will have to eat their words.

A View from Afar
2023-10-03 15:57:13

A worthy project but what about the people who unable to tend an allotment?

Colin
2023-10-03 16:57:14

We are aware that there are people who would like to have an allotment but are unable for various reasons to manage the work it entails to help these groups we have high level raised beds. With a group of dedicated volunteers we are beginning to turn a derelict allotment site into something which now delivers fresh fruit and vegetables to the Potter Street Baptist Church twice weekly. If anyone wishes to join our group of volunteers we meet every Saturday 9am-1pm weather permitting. Our next meeting date will be the 14th October

Edward
2023-10-03 18:07:41

Really "Well done" Colin and friends. Brilliant. I suggest that a plot or half plot is made available for Potter Street School: it's vital to encourage youngsters and they'll help to guarantee the future of the project.

Steph Thorpe
2023-10-03 18:10:02

I am a regular volunteer, working alongside my Dad, Colin Thorpe. The improvements are well under way thanks to our growing group of people kindly giving up their time for the benefit of the Community. This is the start of something fabulous!

gary roberts
2023-10-03 18:15:11

Mr. Forman, what would you know about Potter Street residents, like me, eating our words? Colin Thorpe, I suspect, signed those papers with anger because that is not what he wanted. He wanted a Potter Street health and well being hub working out of Osler House. I would suggest you do a search on this site on "Potter Street" before calling into question what the residents' wanted and indeed needed and still need. So I am not eating any words about how Colin Thorpe and many others in Potter Street have been shafted by Harlow Council over decades. Harlow Council reneged on a commitment to renovate Osler House in February 2022 based on the grounds of costs which was challenged by Colin Thorpe and myself. They wouldn't consider a tender process for the work relying on HTS costings only. It was a disgrace. We have ended up with Osler House still derelict since 2018 and despite Cllr. Leppard also suggesting we should eat our words nothing appears to be changing.

gary roberts
2023-10-03 18:23:03

Mr. Downey, always the comedian never the star. Being rude is one thing writing BS is another and it is offensive. And at the moment I do need your pathetic rhetoric.

Tracy George
2023-10-03 19:49:40

Used to have an allotment at Chippingfield. The amount of people who took an allotment on, figured out that it's hard work, never to be seen again was mad. The council let these people renew their plot, only to do the same again and this went on for a few years because the council just did not kick them off.. Hopefully by taking it over from the council, these plots will all be used all the time and the folk who are on a year or more waiting list can get somewhere.

Me, Harlow
2023-10-03 19:50:00

Used to have an allotment at Chippingfield. The amount of people who took an allotment on, figured out that it's hard work, never to be seen again was mad. The council let these people renew their plot, only to do the same again and this went on for a few years because the council just did not kick them off.. Hopefully by taking it over from the council, these plots will all be used all the time and the folk who are on a year or more waiting list can get somewhere.

Bruce Downey
2023-10-04 04:57:18

My comments what are no more.. this is the problem with censorship..you get a warped sense of fairness.

Kizzy
2023-12-16 00:10:54

Well done Colin Thorpe and everyone involved. An example others should learn from!

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