Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland has called on the Conservative Chair of Guisborough Parish Council to quash the developing rumours that he has had talks with Lord Gisborough regarding plans to sell of the town’s Wilton Lane allotments.
It is believed that Malcolm Griffiths, the Conservative Parish Council Chair, has had discussions with Lord Gisborough’s estate regarding the possible sale of the Wilton Lane allotments and surrounding area to a housing developer.
Tom said: “part of the land where the allotments are was purchased on behalf ‘of the denizens’ Guisborough after World War Two and some have been managed by the same families for over 100 years.
“I have written to Guisborough Parish Council and Malcolm Griffiths to seek assurances that the town’s allotments will not be lost now, or in the future. I will be working with Guisborough Borough Councillor Shelagh Holyoake and Labour Town councillors to make sure that the allotments are saved for future generations.
Labour Candidate for the Hutton ward by-election Ian Taylor added: “The residents of Guisborough have a right to know what the Chair of their Parish Council has discussed with local land owners, especially if it was about the future of the town.”
A petition calling for the Parish Chair to make a statement regarding the future of the allotment is available to sign at TomBlenkinsop.com/save-wilton-lane-allotments