Council grows number of allotment plots it runs in town by 28

Pictured at the official acceptance of the transfer are, front, Sam Beattie from Isoss Morpeth office and Morpeth Mayor Andrew Tebbutt. Behind them, from left, are Coun Nic Best representing Morpeth Town Council's allotments committee, Tracey Bell, Clerk to the town council and Rebecca Summers and Lewis Rimington from Isos.
Pictured at the official acceptance of the transfer are, front, Sam Beattie from Isoss Morpeth office and Morpeth Mayor Andrew Tebbutt. Behind them, from left, are Coun Nic Best representing Morpeth Town Council's allotments committee, Tracey Bell, Clerk to the town council and Rebecca Summers and Lewis Rimington from Isos.

A set of allotments in Morpeth are now back in community ownership.

Coun Andrew Tebbutt, Mayor of Morpeth, officially accepted the transfer from Isos on behalf of the town council, with community development officer Lewis Rimington and team leader Sam Beattie representing the social landlord.

The four sites included in the deal are Wellwood Gardens, Duncan Gardens, St Mary’s Field and Abbots Way – a total of 28 plots. Isos has agreed to pay all the legal fees for arranging the transfer.

Mr Rimington: “We are really pleased to have at last completed the transfer of these four allotment sites to Morpeth Town Council.

“It was an administrative error that led to Isos taking ownership of this land back in 2009, so it’s good for all concerned to finally get this anomaly resolved.”

Alongside the transfer process, Isos has been carrying out a review of all the allotments it is responsible for across Northumberland.

The Morpeth sites were identified as requiring an upgrade to bring them up to ‘good garden standard’. Isos and the county council have agreed to provide a financial contribution towards the work.

Coun Tebbutt said the town council is now looking forward to working with the allotment holders.

He added: “I am delighted that we have reached agreement with Isos on the transfer of the allotments in Morpeth and we thank Isos for its commitment to the transfer, and the contribution to bringing some of the allotments up to standard.

“The town council has a good record for working with other allotment holders and organisations in Morpeth.”