I am sending the following letter (in Spanish) to the Lady Mayor expressing the concerns that Pam, I and others have about the allotments that have been constructed in the middle of our estate.
"We knew that the land on the corner of Calles Alemania and Inglaterra was owned by the Council and would be repurposed at some time.
When a digger and scraper arrived a few weeks ago, we thought that it would be more that just cleaning up the plot. Next, more soil arrived and we imagined that the land might be turned into a 'green lung' for our estate.
By accident we found an article in the local press that explained the land would be divided into 20 urban gardens and there would also be a composting centre on the site.
We were naturally disappointed that there was no notice that this was going to happen and we'd been left guessing. Even the courtesy of an announcement on the bulletin board at the entrance to the estate would have been better than finding out by accident.
We do have some concerns regarding this plan:
In our experience, urban gardens where people can grow vegetables, fruit etc. are normally outside towns – not in the middle of private housing estates. Residents are concerned that this may further erode the value of our houses.
We hope that the people who take up the offer do not erect unsightly huts to house their tools and materials.
We also hope that they maintain their plots in a tidy fashion and do not leave them to become overgrown for example in the summer months.
We have concerns about a compost centre which could attract rats and other vermin.
Finally, we are concerned about parking which is limited in that area.