You don’t have to shut our allotments, says plotholder Rod

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THERE are two ways to avoid any possible closure of the poisoned Milner Royd site - that’s what the head of the allotment federation in Calderdale says.

Calderdale Council is said to be considering its final decision about the troubled allotments in Sowerby Bridge.

Allotment holders have been given an inspection report which will also be handed over to the cabinet and the council’s economy and environment scrutiny panel to make recommendations at the end of September.

But Chairman Rod Mellor said the touted closure of the site can be avoided.

He said the first option would be cover the contaminated land with three feet of hardcore drainage, which will take the water away, followed by a foot of heavy duty clay and finally two foot of top soil for the gardeners to grow on.

“It would still be the same level as the road as the site slopes,” he said.

Alternatively, Mr Mellor said the council would be forced to find the allotment holders another piece of land.

“They can raise the bed and carry on gardening as normal or find a site within walking distance,” said Rod.

Allotment holders are still being told not to eat produce from the land after elevated levels of poisons were found.