First allotments for St. Brelade?
by La Baguette Team
The recently formed Jersey Allotments and Leisure Gardeners Association (JALGA) are in the process of submitting an application to develop Field 195 at Les Creux as allotments for the parishioners of St. Brelade on behalf of the Les Creux Allotment Steering Group. It is anticipated that the application will go through and that work can soon start on preparing the site.
Some of the financial support needed to develop Les Creux Allotments has been by way of a generous donation from the Coop who have pledged a sum from its Environmental Fund to assist the project.
The Association's architect, States Allotment Working Party Chairman and La Baguette Editor Jeff Hathaway said:
"The overall scheme, and the setting up of JALGA has been gaining widespread support throughout the Island with the development of Field 195 potentially becoming the template for all future allotment development in Jersey. I feel that at last we now have the momentum and the means to realise this highly valuable resource for communities, not just in St. Brelade, but right across the Island. We are particularly indebted to the late Advocate Chris Lakeman who provided much of the vital background legal work which he and law firm Le Gallais & Luce undertook to produce on a pro-bono basis. Through the pages of La Baguette and on behalf of the Parish of St. Brelade we should like to record our sincere gratitude to Chris and to offer our condolences to both his family and Le Gallais and Luce on the loss of a very valuable friend to us all".
Former Senator Mike Vibert has taken the role of Chairman of the Les Creux Allotment project. As the former Minister of Education, Sport and Culture he has previously explored the development of allotments at Les Creux, which although had been approved, were not viable due to the costs of implementing the Planning requirements imposed at that time.