Residents back plans to transform unused land and enhance environment

Planning and Environment
09:25, Tuesday, 31st August 2021

Proposals to transform a patch of unused land into urban orchards and community allotments have been backed by residents.

In June and July, people living in Scunthorpe and Ashby were invited to share their suggestions for the land, located off Dudley Road, as part of an environmental uses survey.

Eighty-five per cent of respondents said creating urban orchards and community allotments were good ideas.

Dozens of ideas have also been put forward by residents, including the creation of a wildflower meadows, tree planting, nature sculpture trails and community gardening clubs.

These will now be considered as the council works with officers to further develop the plans.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “I was first contacted about enhancing and developing this area by Scunthorpe’s MP Holly Mumby-Croft.

“Protecting and enhancing the environment is something we are extremely passionate about, and the enthusiastic response to this survey shows, once again, that this is a cause shared by many residents.

“I would like to thank people for taking the time to share their views, there are some great suggestions which will be incredibly useful as we move forward with proposals.”

Cllr David Rose, cabinet member for environment and strategic planning, said: “With the help of local people, we are forging ahead with our shared goal of making North Lincolnshire cleaner and greener.

“Take two of the suggestions people put forward in this survey – tree planting and wildflower meadows. We set ourselves an ambitious target of planting 172,000 trees, one tree for every person in North Lincolnshire. Together, we’ve made great progress and to date have planted nearly 70,000. Many of these are the result of the hard work of community groups.

“Residents also told us they wanted to see more habitats created. Wildflower meadows are an excellent way to achieve this. Earlier this year, hundreds of volunteers joined our teams to plant 20,000 sqm of wildflower seed on Mortal Ash Hill – it is amazing, and we know now where we can expand this further.”