Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Call to Bring Site Allotments Back

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Call to Bring Site Allotments Back

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Byline: Sonia Sharma Reporter sonia.sharma@trinitymirror.com

CALLS are being made to bring back allotments to a site which closed down two years ago.

The Nuns Moor allotments in Fenham, Newcastle, were closed in 2015 over contamination fears and the plots were razed to the ground.

There were hopes the allotments would be reopened after a clean-up but the matter has still not been resolved.

At a Newcastle City Council planning meeting, permission was given for 20,000 cubic metres of soil to be moved on to the land, which is bounded by Brighton Grove and Ponteland Road.

The soil, which will serve as a capping material, is to be brought from a building site off Scotswood Road in Elswick, where Newcastle Eagles are constructing a new basketball and sports arena.

Issues surrounding contamination of the Nuns Moor land and its suitability for cattle grazing or allotments were also raised at the meeting.

Objectors to the plan claimed the area was suitable to grow food. …

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