10:27 Monday 20 January 2014

Fight over covenant of allotment land

Written byHELEN KREFT

A COVENANT has been placed on allotment land which will eventually be used as a burial ground.

Brizlincote Parish Council discussed rewording the covenant, allowing it to be used for burials, before the transfer of Claverhouse Allotments, off Scalpcliffe Road, was passed back to East Staffordshire Borough Council.

The council chose to attach a covenant to the land to allay fears that it could be sold off for housing.

However, fellow parish council members asked where would current allotment holders go and who holds the expense for moving them.

Jim Muir said: “Where will you have allotment land? There is no promise that it will be used for cemetery land. The borough council is under pressure to do things it does not want to do.”

However, Bernard Peters, who represents Brizlincote Valley on the borough council, said: “We want to take the allotments to bury more people.

“If people wanted another allotment we would do what we could to help them, we wouldn’t leave them high and dry.”

Parish councillor, Adrian Cowen, questioned the costs if holders were moved, saying: “There are 34 allotment holders, its costs about £500 to move them so who will be stuck with that expense?

“We should retain allotment land.”

However, Geoffrey Willett, chairman of the council, explained that it would be more useful as burial ground, saying: “We asked how many people wanted the allotments and we got next to no responses.

It was agreed to transfer the allotments back to the borough council with the wording ‘for allotment or burial use only.’

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