Watford Council has, this month, presented allotment holders with its plans to improve and revitalise allotments across the town.
The council had previously canvassed opinion from holders about what work they would like to see undertaken, and proposals which have been taken on board included the construction of new toilet facilities, improved fencing, communal compost bins and work on the water supply.
But some of the funding for the scheme may come from the use of the Farm Terrace allotment land for expansion of the Health Campus, who need the additional land to develop their hospital services for the town.
The final decision on this will not be made until a December cabinet meeting, but plans are already in place to offer replacement plots to allotment holders at Farm Terrace, possibly at the nearby Paddock Road site. the council also stressed that there would be no overall reduction in the overall area allocated for allotment use.
As well as an improvement in local hospital services, the proposals for the development at the Health Campus will also include the regeneration of contaminated former industrial land into community open spaces, as well as affordable housing and transport improvements.