Copyright Jean Price - Walton Road Allotments © 2017
Jeff - Plot 19:
Well, it's the end of an era for the grotty garage which used to stand at the bottom of the allotment. It has been there longer than anyone can remember. We have people on the allotment that have been here nearly 40 years and it was there when they arrived so I am guessing that it was about 50 years old. It all happened pretty fast, and those of you who know me well, know I don't often do fast:-) This is how it happened:
At the end of March we had a call from Trafford Council to say that they had found some money in the budget to demolish the garage. It had an asbestos roof and the walls were crumbling and so it had to go. The thing was, it had to happen before their financial year end which was the beginning of April so we had no time to lose. We arranged for the demolition people to take away the garage pretty quickly and then had to move fast with the replacement because we had the contents of the garage stored all over the place. I managed to locate a container and had it painted green. We knew that we would have to have it delivered via the cemetery as they could not get it in any other way. So, the tricky part was to coordinate with the container and cemetery people because obviously, we could not have it delivered when there were funerals going on.
Thankfully we managed to get a day that suited everyone and the container was delivered without any drama. It was lifted over the cemetery hedge with a crane and dropped into place. Then the poor driver realised that he couldn't get out of the bottom gates and had to back up all the way to Marslands Road. It was quite a feat as the track is quite narrow. All the contents are now back in the new storeroom and I hope you agree that it looks far smarter than the prefab garage did.