Crewe Town Council and Cheshire East Borough Council have issued the joint statement on allotments as set out below.
Councils’ allotments deal to go ahead
The transfer of several allotment sites in Crewe has been agreed between Cheshire East Council and Crewe Town Council.
This is one of the key steps in Cheshire East’s devolution programme for the transfer of assets and follows a lengthy legal process involving lawyers from both authorities.
Both Cheshire East and Crewe Town Council can now announce that an agreement has been struck and that the issues surrounding the exchange have been resolved.
Councillor Don Stockton, Cheshire East Cabinet member for regeneration, said: “These allotments form part of the town’s rich history and I am sure that the allotment holders and the people of Crewe will be pleased to hear this news.
“We look forward to working more closely with Crewe Town Council to enable both organisations to deliver for the people of Crewe.”
Councillor Simon Yates, Leader of Crewe Town Council, said: “I see this as a pivotal moment in the relationship between the Town Council and Cheshire East Council.
“This agreement is very good for the people of Crewe and will ensure that the town council can continue to invest in facilities for the people of Crewe.
“We can now move on to discuss the future of other facilities in the town such as the markets and work together to ensure that we take full advantage of the proposed improvements in the town centre.”
The transfer of Crewe’s 11 allotments from Cheshire East Council to the town council is part of the Borough Council’s policy for devolving various community assets to local control.
A number of CEC-owned assets have already been handed over in various parts of the Borough and the Council is pleased to have completed this process for the benefit of Crewe residents.