Thousands sign petition against allotment takeover

A petition against plans to take over allotments in Redbridge Lane West has received thousands of signatures.

Plot holders launched action after Cadent, the UK’s largest gas distribution network, announced plans to take over the site to complete “upgrade” work. The proposals involve the storage of sheds and equipment for a period of two years and the creation of a car park for contractors.

The petition on the website calls on Redbridge Council to reject the plans which allotment owners claim would destroy plots and the biodiverse habitat.

Jason Edwards, who started the petition, writes that plot holders at Redbridge Lane West Allotments are a “diverse and friendly community” and the site hosts a “fantastic charity project, Sprout There!, which for many years has been doing invaluable therapeutic work with people with learning disabilities”.

In support of the campaign, one signatory writes: “These allotments are a valuable community resource that delivers on all eco friendly credentials. Why would we allow a large company to destroy them?”

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