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Town fails to find allotment site

A Somerset council has lost its chance to spend 10,000 of lottery money to buy land for allotments after failing to find a suitable plot.

Somerton Town Council was given the grant by Awards For All, but the time in which it had to be spent has passed.

The authority had been offered a seven acre plot more than two miles out of town, but it was considered too expensive and a little far out.

The council said it would continue efforts to secure land for allotments.

John Watts, from the Somerton Allotment Association, said: "It is a disappointment, there are 33 of us on the waiting list.

"We are desperately trying to secure a plot. I've written to 28 farmers in and around Somerton asking if they have any land which they would be willing to lease.

"The farmer would retain ownership and lease it to the council or allotment's association. The landowner would probably get a better return than if they cultivated it."

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