New fencing secures New Romney allotments
Published by Anonymous for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities
New fencing for New Romney allotment users
Local allotments in New Romney are now as safe as houses, after security fencing was generously donated by Sanctuary Group’s contractors who are building new homes nearby.
Leading housing and care provider Sanctuary Group is currently developing land in Church Lane in New Romney to provide a mix of 35 affordable new homes for rent or shared ownership.
The £3.7 million scheme, supported by a £1.1 million investment from the Homes and Communities Agency, is due for completion in December 2014.
The site included a section of land occupied by the New Romney Allotment Association and while the Town Council has provided new allotments to the Association, Sanctuary’s contractor for the scheme, Akehurst Epps, has also been working closely with allotment holders to help minimise the impact of the new development during construction.
This included delaying work at the site until the end of the growing season at the allotments and installing around 50 metres of metal security fencing along the new allotment boundary.
Mike Nee, Sanctuary’s Development Manager in the South East, explained: “Our contractors have supplied and installed this security fencing as a way of acknowledging the disruption that allotment users have faced and to thank them for their cooperation. This high quality fencing will have cost many thousands of pounds and is sure to add to the security of the allotments for many years to come.
“It is also fantastic to see this give and take within the local community and bodes well for those who ultimately make their new home in one of the Sanctuary properties being built off Church Lane.”
James Lench, Director at Akehurst Homes Ltd, added: “We are delighted to be working with Sanctuary to build these high quality new homes in New Romney. We recognise that the development has had an impact on allotments users and so we are pleased to have provided this new fencing which will offer improved security at the allotments for the future.”
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