1. ITV Report

Century-old allotments in Perry Barr under threat from bulldozers

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Allotments in Birmingham dating back to 1902 could be lost under bulldozers as part of the post-Commonwealth Games masterplan for Perry Barr.

Campaigners are gearing up for a fight after learning the much loved 121-plot site, which forms a green oasis in Perry Barr, is being considered for development in the aftermath of the Games.

They had previously been assured the allotments were not in danger.

A petition has nearly 7,000 signatures, calling on Birmingham City Council to protect the allotments from any Commonwealth Games developments.

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A masterplan for the entire Alexander Stadium site is being developed and until that report is complete no decisions on any aspect of the site's use will be taken.

Initially it was not thought the allotments would be within the scope of this long-term plan, but more recently it has become clear through this masterplanning work that an alternative use for the land currently occupied by the Walsall Road Allotments could generate some of this vital income.

We are already in discussions with representatives from the allotments. Users of any current facilities that may be impacted, or those in the vicinity, will have a key role to play in the consultation and decision-making process.

– Birmingham City Council

Birmingham City Council are currently working on a 'masterplan' for the Alexander Stadium site, which is about mapping out what community and leisure facilities are required for the site for years to come.

Our operating plan for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be based entirely on the space made available to us when we take up short term occupancy of the site for the Games.

The council are in discussion with all users of the current facilities, on and close to the site, that may be impacted, and we are confident that they will be consulting with them before any decisions are take

– Ian Reid, CEO, Birmingham 2022 Organising Committee

Robert, one of the cats who lives at the allotment, is in on the campaign too.

He has his own twitter page with 4,500 followers.

His twitter handle is @allotmentcat and he updates it daily with details of how the campaign to save his home is going.