South Ayrshire Council will expand the number of allotments in Ayr to meet the increasing demand from people looking to grow their own produce. Councillors agreed to 54 new plots at North Park, off Monument Road, in the south of Ayr.
There are 41 people currently waiting for an allotment in Alloway and some have been on the list for up to 4 years. This decision means even more plots are being created to build capacity for the future and applicants on other waiting lists could benefit too.
As well as the larger plots there will also be smaller raised timber beds for disabled allotment holders, the elderly and children too. There will be a communal storage unit and on-site car parking will make the allotment more accessible.
The football pitch at North Park will be replaced by a new pitch at Kincaidston.
Councillor John McDowall said:" This decision has been a long time coming but it will make a real difference to those looking to grow their own produce.
"Gardening has long been associated with health benefits, so not only is the act of gardening good for us but the fruit and vegetables enrich diets and can save on food bills too.
"We will continue to work with community groups and individuals to promote the use of allotments and the benefits they bring."
The new allotment support the Council's Open Space Strategy and Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 which encourages all local authorities to identify areas of land suitable for allotments and community growing which ultimately helps to reduce waiting lists.
To date, the Council currently has 5 allotment facilities offering a total of 281 allotment plots and 6 raised beds, helping keen gardeners throughout South Ayrshire.