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Could land earmarked for retail development near Culloden be used for community allotments?

By Val Sweeney

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A new allotment group is being formed fo the Smithton and Culloden West area.
A new allotment group is being formed fo the Smithton and Culloden West area.

A new group is being formed in a bid to develop community allotments on land on the eastern outskirts of Inverness.

A group of residents in the city's Culloden West area has been pursuing the possibility of allotments on land in their neighbourhood between Urchal Park and Cranmore Drive in Smithton.

A public meeting will now be held on September 26 to gauge interest for such a venture.

It comes amid burgeoning interest in "grow your own" and community gardening.

The land being considered between Culloden West and Smithton had been marked as allotments in the original development brief for the area in 2018.

But it is currently subject to planning permission, with the prospective developer intending to build a Home Bargains store in addition to several smaller retail units should permission be granted.

The group is now keen to gauge interest locally and discuss possible next steps regarding turning the land into community allotments.

The meeting on September 26 will be held at Smithton Church at 7.30pm.

Details have been posted on Smithton Community Council's Facebook page and people can also contact cullodenwestallotments@gmail.com.

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