Allotments at last for Great Barton as preparation begin for work on village hall

Great Barton''Pictured: Village Sign
Great Barton''Pictured: Village Sign
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Villagers in Great Barton will soon be able to grow their own vegetables after the end of a long running fight to get allotments.

Land off Green Lane has been allocated for the allotments and will soon be fenced off into whole and half plots providing for more than 25 holders.

Great Barton''Pictured: Bunbury Arms

Great Barton''Pictured: Bunbury Arms

“At last we have managed to get some allotments although it is not in the centre of the village,” said Cllr Philip Reeve, chairman of Great Barton Village Council.

“I think everybody was for having the allotments, there was just a question of where they should go.”

It brings to an end several years of wrangling after the Great Barton Allotments Association sought to create allotments off Coxs Lane.

Neighbours said it was too close to their gardens and objected to the move.

Although the new site is less central to the village it is hoped that the new plots will meet demand.

At the same time the latest phase of development at the village hall is now being devised.

The village hall has already undergone eight phases of development over the last 10 years including the opening of a new £80,000 extension three years ago.

Peter Turner, village hall committee trustee and projects manager said the latest work, for a foyer to replace the two existing entrances, is still to be costed up and grants applied for.

“It is very early days yet, it is in its infancy.

“We have got the plans drawn up and hopefully we can get it built in the summer next year, subject to us getting all the funding in place,” he said.

Cllr Reeve meanwhile has urged residents to keep sending their comments to St Edmundsbury Borough Council with regard the plans to build hundreds of new homes next to Great Barton by 2031.

He said although the council is not against the building of new homes, it does have concerns about maintain the village’s identity as separate from Bury St Edmunds.

Cllr Reeve also said there is a need for greater infrastructure including a possible relief road to ease pressure on the ‘bottlenecked’ A143 that runs through the heart of the village.

The population of Great Barton is about 2,100.

The orginal name of the village was Bertuna.

The village sign has a character of the same name working in a field, from a painting by Jean Millet.

This is because the village was once the grain store for the Abbey in Bury St Edmunds.

The Bunbury family lived at Barton Hall and but for a wager on a horse race the Derby would have been called the Bunbury.