Schoolboy’s online campaign to preserve town allotments

Hands off...James Meakin 15 of Lutterworth has gathered over 1200 names foir a petition to save the allotments in Lutterworth.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER
Hands off...James Meakin 15 of Lutterworth has gathered over 1200 names foir a petition to save the allotments in Lutterworth.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

A school student aged 15 is leading an on-line campaign to preserve an allotments site in Lutterworth.

James Meakin has now attracted more than 1,200 signatures to his petition to save the DeVerdon Road allotments in the town.

His aim is to stop Harborough District Council’s plan to sell the site for housing when the current lease runs out in out in September 2017.

“I believe the allotments should stay because they provide a really good wildlife haven” James told the Mail.

“Allotments also bring people together and are a great means of socialising while doing something useful.”

He added that the town was short of allotment space, but had plenty of new houses.

Dave Beaumont, chairman of Lutterworth Allotments Association, who has been campaigning to keep the allotments for years, welcomed the latest petition.

Lutterworth Town Council is looking for alternative sites for allotments in Lutterworth, he explained.

But Mr Beaumont added: “There is nowhere in Lutterworth that would meet the quality of the DeVerdon Road site. It would be a travesty to lose it.”

The allotments currently has around 100 tenants and a waiting list.

But cash-starved Harborough District Council has the land earmarked for future housing development.

The council says it has a duty to all its ratepayers to make the most of assets like DeVerdon Road allotments.

James’s petition is at www.change.org/p/rt-hon-greg-clark-mp-alberto-costa-mp-sir-edward-garnier-mp-save-britain-s-allotments