BOLAM Drive allotments in Blyth is a site of 240 plots that has been plagued with problems experienced by many allotment gardeners in urban areas.
This site suffered more than most as it also floods regularly.
The responsibility for allotments transferred over to Blyth Town Council from Northumberland County Council following its formation two years ago, and the town council has held regular meetings with allotment holders ever since in order to understand their problems and see how we can assist.
My recent visit was to view the construction of a brand new four metre deep land drainage scheme.
On site I was able to view the first trickle of water entering the new system that will ensure alleviation of the flooding problems once and for all.
This £40,000 project is the culmination of two years’ consultation and planning.
The prize for the town of Blyth is that completion of this work will lead to an additional 30 allotments being made available for enthusiastic gardening families to pursue their hobby in the town.
COUN KEN ELLIS
Blyth Town Council