Message of support from Justin Sullivan

Wow! Along with a personal donation we have received this message of support from JUSTIN SULLIVAN, frontman of the British Rock group NEW MODEL ARMY –

“I have vivid memories of these allotments. Through my teenage years I spent every other Saturday watching Watford at Vicarage Road. Even in the hey-day of football hooliganism in the 1970s it was never a violent place (even if in my adolescent fantasies I sometimes wished
it was) and I’m sure this had something to do with the ground being right next to people slowly pottering about growing vegetables and sitting in sheds. And I can think of a thousand more reasons why things like allotments should be saved from the developers and the
March of Money. Small personal donation made and I wish you a big good
luck with the campaign”

 

Many people see our fight as continuing a long standing tradition which has permeated itself throughout English history.  We say our fight is part of the struggle for common land; stretching from the Peasants Revolt through to the Levellers movement in the English Civil war. Allotments are a massive part of this and must be fought for!

 

As many of you know, we are fighting to save our beautiful, historic, urban allotment site,
Farm Terrace Allotments in Watford from being concreted over and we hope to help protect all allotment sites from future development in doing so.  Due to the relaxation in planning laws, an increasing number of Allotment Sites in the UK are being sold off by Local
Authorities or Parish &Town Councils for ‘redevelopment’. Since 2007,128 out of 132 applications to close or relocate allotment sites have been granted by the UK Government. Our own allotment site that has been in existence since 1896 is now under threat from our local council who want to concrete over us, replacing us with a car park, housing and ‘possible’ hospital accommodation. The hospital can not say that it will need any of the land and we believe that this is an emotional red herring, as is calling the development a Health Campus, when in fact it will be a housing estate! We have launched a legal challenge against the UK government and our case will be heard in the Royal Courts of Justice, Westminster on Friday July 25th. This is a landmark case and if successful, we will set case law which will help protect other allotment sites.

 

Many families rely on the allotments as their only locally accessible growing spaces.   They are the green lungs of many towns like our own. Allotments allow people of different backgrounds and ages to come together and grow fresh produce for their families, friends and neighbours. Recent academic research has shown that allotments provide all round exercise and stress release. But we have to stop allotments being consigned to the History books!

 

We need all the help we can get. This really is a David and Goliath fight so please if you can donate to our fighting fund do. The more money we get the more time our solicitors can give to the case. Please help us to continue the fight. Thank you.

Donate here – http://www.gofundme.com/save-farm-terrace

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