Local MP, Johnny Mercer, has secured the water supply to Ernesettle Community Allotments.
Four Greens Community Trust had successfully fundraised and worked closely with Plymouth City Council to establish community allotments on a piece of unused land in Ernesettle. However, since the allotments were opened, the group struggled to get a vital water supply connected.
After months of trying to get the water supply up and running, spending several thousand pounds for a connection which never materialised, and a number of allotment holders abandoning their plots, Johnny Mercer intervened and called on South West Water to investigate the unacceptable hold-up.
As a result of his involvement, South West Water identified the reason for the lack of progress and immediately took steps to rectify the situation.
A water connection was installed on behalf of South West Water on 10th August 2017 and the community have been compensated for the severe inconvenience they have faced. The compensation payment will be used to purchase a much needed lawn mower for the allotments and also to incentivise would-be allotment holders to take up their plots again.
Johnny Mercer MP said:
‘I am very pleased to have ensured that South West Water have taken action to get the water supply for the allotments up and running.’
‘Ernesettle residents, the Four Greens Community Trust and community workers at Plymouth City Council have worked tirelessly to get the allotments up and running and paid thousands of pounds to have water connected. It is only right that the services they have paid for and which are vital to the community making the most of the allotment site are properly delivered.’
‘I look forward to visiting the allotments in due course to meet local gardeners.’
South West Water commented:
‘It was very unfortunate that following the recent changes within the [water] industry this particular application experienced unnecessary delays.
‘Once the issue was brought to our attention by the MP we immediately took steps to resolve the situation as quickly as possible. We have apologised to the customer for the inconvenience and are pleased to confirm that the water connection has now been installed.’