Green group gets results

Left to right: Will Hitchcock from Transition Lavenham, Roy Whitworth, Chairman of Lavenham Parish Council, Craig Bennet of Friends of the Earth and Suffolk South MP at Transition Lavenham's meeting at the village hall.
Left to right: Will Hitchcock from Transition Lavenham, Roy Whitworth, Chairman of Lavenham Parish Council, Craig Bennet of Friends of the Earth and Suffolk South MP at Transition Lavenham's meeting at the village hall.
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TRANSITION Lavenham announced two pieces of good news for environmentally-conscious residents at a meeting on Friday, writes Elliot Pinkham.

Lavenham Parish Council has agreed to provide public allotments on First Meadow, while Babergh District Council has given the green light for a full planning application to go forward to put solar panels on the roof of the village hall.

The allotments will consist of 12 spaces covering half an acre in total, with at least one set aside for Lavenham Primary School.

Headteacher Jan Foster said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for us if everything works out. We don’t have a lot of green space but we try our best within a very small area.

“We have a little gardening club and they will be eager to get their green fingers on the space – it would be brilliant.”

Carroll Reeve, chairman of Transition Lavenham, said: “We have a grant application on the go to cover the costs and are hoping to get the work done this autumn so that they can be occupied by next spring.”

The go-ahead for the planning application for photo-voltaic panels means that Transition Lavenham will now search for funding streams for the project.

Mr Reeve said: “The application will take around three months and then we have to raise the money. We hope that work will begin in the early part of next year.

“This is all part of the bigger picture for Transition Lavenham – we want to be more sustainable locally and this is a natural extension of that.”

The meeting, held at Lavenham Village Hall, attracted more than 150 people, including Suffolk South MP Tim Yeo and Friends of the Earth director Craig Bennet.