Town garden given protection

PUBLISHED: 14:00 26 February 2015


A SECOND bid to protect the future of a piece of land in Portishead’s town centre has been successful.

The area, which faces Station Road and backs on to Harbour Road, was once allocated for a ship-shaped library but became an eyesore after the plans were abandoned.

Last year, volunteers with Portishead in Bloom (PiB) made some improvements to the land in the hope of making it a town garden with raised beds.

Now, the area has been listed as an asset of community value which means if North Somerset Council ever wanted to sell it, the community would be given time to come up with an offer for it.

A first application for the status made by Portishead Town Council 
was rejected in March last year but a 
second bid, containing a lot more information demonstrating how the land is used by the community, has been successful.

Members of Portishead in Bloom and Transition Portishead will continue their work on the land this year which is now being used as a community garden. This will include recreating a meadow area and filling raised beds with vegetables and herbs.

The land will remain on the list of assets of community value for five years.

Other locations featured on the list include Long Ashton’s village club in Providence Lane and The White Hart pub in Weston-in-Gordano.

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