Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Allotments, shed thefts and the Sambrook Centre

Last night we had the Allotment Holders Association liaison and Allotments Sub-committee meetings.  This was my first allotments meeting as I was out of town when the first one of the year was held.

This was the first council meeting in the newly-refurbished Sambrook Centre (formerly Stirchley library) and the building is looking great.  The library section looks a bit forlorn but a small library is better than no library.  The parish council took the decision to share facilities with the library as the library was at serious risk of being closed due to the high running costs and budget cuts necessary to be able to keep on paying the top 11 staff at Telford & Wrekin Council nearly £1.5m between them.

On Monday night five sheds were broken into at the allotments and the police are warning of a gang currently operating in Telford breaking into sheds all over the borough.  At Stirchley allotments they only stole a stove and a kettle, leaving tools and other items behind but causing damage to the sheds.  Allotment holders will be removing anything of value from their sheds after the break-ins and the police are warning residents in Telford to do the same.

Obviously the meeting was dominated by concerns about security but I discovered that the allotment holders are planning to open a small shop at the allotments soon offering gardening supplies and produce at reasonable prices.  This is great news as the nearest farm shop to Brookside and Stirchley is in Priorslee.