Resident objects to allotment toilet

Reporter:

Barrie White

A Whitchurch woman whose bungalow looks out on to the Queensway allotments has explained why she is objecting to a toilet being installed there.
 
A plot holder, Clare Bellingham, has put in an application for a greenhouse, shed, compost toilet and a solar panel.
 
But Ivy Shenton, 69, and her husband Raymond, who have lived in Fraser Court for seven years, say the toilet will be just yards from their garden and don’t think it is necessary.
 
“I have got nothing against the allotments  as I love them, and have always loved going out to speak to the people on them,” said Ivy, who has been married to Raymond, 66, for 40 years.
 
“But I don’t want a big shed and a toilet next to my garden. 
 
“A greenhouse is okay, if they have to, but not this.
 
“There are enough facilities for them. I’ve got grandchildren who play in my back garden – it’s just not right.
 
“I spoke to county councillor Gerald Dakin and he was livid. He said it shouldn’t be happening. As far as I’m aware, any building of this type should be built on the north side of the allotments, near Pauls Moss.
 
“I go to all the allotment open days and support them to a lot, but I’m not happy about this.
 
“I’ve written to the council and we – on this side of the road – have signed another letter with our objections.”
 
In a report last week in the Herald, Ms Bellingham said they already held planning permission for the greenhouse but wanted to put a sturdier one in place, because of the windy conditions.
 
She also wished to put the self-contained compost toilet in the shed with a solar panel to power the fan.

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