SITE 288 ALLOTMENTS (OLD)

OS REF:SK58951255

Old Allotments looking to the old A6 Loughborough Road. Woodcock Farm to the right. February 2008

Old Allotments looking to old A6 Loughborough Road. Woodcock Farm centre and houses on Loughborough Road to the left. February 2008

Date: 2nd February 2008

Observers: Brian Verity and Marion Vincent

Location: Village Allotments accessed from Loughborough Road and Hallfields Lane.

OS Ref: SK58951255

Map Title: Site 288

Owners: Rothley Temple Estates.

These allotments have been in use since I moved to Rothley in 1962 and now their future is in doubt. The plan is to move them to a new site a couple of fields away so that this site and adjoining sites can be used for housing. The battle to save these allotments and to stop yet more housing in Rothley is underway but in March 2009 the battle was lost and remained lost despite appeals.

In January 2010 permission to build was secured and the site was invaded by diggers immediately. However, the 'digs' have been producing archaeological finds and more information is awaited. As we know, for artefacts to be documented can take years but as Brian Verity is our Heritage Warden for Archaeology he is keeping abreast with the happenings.

At the time of our visit in 2008 the allotments were looking very sad and unkempt and, on a February day, very unhappy after years of producing such lovely fruit and veg.

Old Allotments looking to old A6 with Hallfields Lane to the left. February 2008

Old Allotments looking to Brookfield Farm, off Hallfields Lane. February 2008

Old Allotments looking to Hallfields Lane with the tower of Rothley Parish Church. February 2008

Old Allotments looking to the site of the new allotments, still accessed from the Loughborough Road. February 2008

Old Allotments being turned into a housing estate. Hallfields Lane on the left. April 2010

The University of Leicester Archaeological Services prepared a Design Specification for Archaeological Work dated 21st December 2009 under Ref: P.A. 08/315/2

SITE 288 ALLOTMENTS (OLD) IN 2015

LOST

Footpath from Hallfields Lane to old A6 to the right. The Avalon development spreads from here to the old A6 covering the old allotments. February 2015

Looking from the public footpath from Hallfields Lane towards the old A6. February 2015

Looking from the public footpath to the old A6 over the old allotments. February 2015

Looking from the top of Saxon Drive over the old Brookfield Farm (also lost under bricks and mortar) with the new Rothley School to the left. February 2015

Looking from the old allotments site, the public footpath inbetween, then to the new Rothley School built on Brookfield Farm. February 2015

Approaching the old A6 through the landscaping to the front of the Avalon development. February 2015

Landscaping in the front of Avalon with the old A6 to the right. This landscaping was very neglected by the builders, Charles Church, and is being upgraded after a complaint. February 2015

We lost our old allotments and gained rubbish in Avalon. February 2015

Where is the pride in our village in 2015?
The 'highly desirable' village of Rothley... February 2015

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