Chaddesley Parish Council have leased the above land from the Diocese of Worcester for more than 100 years and we now have an opportunity to purchase it for the community.
As you know, there are currently more than 30 allotment plots on part of the site, most of which are well managed and provide an important opportunity for tenants to grow their own fruit and vegetables as well as helping their physical well being. It is a great social facility much frequented by walkers and visitors.
The other part of the site has been developed over the last 10 years as a Community Orchard and many residents have donated benches where residents’ can sit, relax and meet friends. The addition of a small play area for small children was an added bonus, and this has now been extended to include facilities for children up to 14.
This land is now very important to us and we would not wish to see it purchased by anyone else which could result in its loss as a community facility.
We are trying to raise the necessary funds to purchase the land by applying for grants from the National Lottery and the Government Levelling Up Campaign, however we may not be successful. We therefore need to consider other methods of funding the project.
Initially we need resident’s to support the scheme. If we have your support, it would enable us to take out a Government Loan, which would be repayable over a number of years by increasing the level of Precept which is raised by the Parish Council.
Potentially the Parish Council could provide some money from reserves, so we now need to raise the rest of the money. Watch our video on You Tube https://youtu.be/W_W9HjfAsTE
The Parish Council would appreciate your response to the following questions: