Antrim residents with green fingers could be about to use allotments to help grow flowers and community relationships after funding to development shared space allotments was accepted.
At last Thursday’s meeting of the development and leisure committee council agreed to back the proposal of £52,000 of funding for the allotments in Greystone.
The shared space allotments are set to be on land adjacent to Greystone Community Centre and will be funded by the CAN Peace III partnership.
The site at Greystone has become an informal interface area and it’s believed that the development of this space would assist in local relationships building between residents in the Greystone, Ballycraigy and Newpark Neighbourhoods.
Council carried out a household survey to gauge interest in allotment provision within the Borough.
A total of 70 borough residents responded with an expression of interest into the allotments.
20% of which reside in the Ballycraigy/Greystone and Newpark/ Caulside areas and officers are confident that if allotments were provided the proportion of local residents seeking plots would rise to a much higher percentage than indicated.
It is proposed that the council would offer the allotments to local residents initially and opened to other applicants in due course.
The allotment programme will include the installation of 2.4 metre fencing around the site, 2 paladin gates, water supply, additional car parking and gravel pathways within the site.