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Serpentine Community Farm, Buxton

Volume 645: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2018

I rise to present a petition in support of Serpentine community farm in Buxton. A group of volunteers have spent five years transforming a derelict and polluted site into an intensive but sustainable growing area for fruit, flowers, vegetables and salads. They have involved and supported people with learning disabilities, mental health issues and loneliness.

The 1,243 signatories and I request

that the House of Commons urges the Government to request High Peak Borough Council not to terminate the lease for Serpentine Community Farm in Buxton in order to sell this much valued conservation area for housing development; and further to give the farm a long lease to enable them to develop their valuable work, enriching individual and community life, on a secure footing.

Following is the full text of the petition:

[The petition of residents of Buxton and the High Peak,

Declares opposition to High Peak Borough Council ending the tenancy of Serpentine Community arm, Buxton.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to request High Peak Borough Council not to terminate the lease for Serpentine Community Farm in Buxton in order to sell this much valued conservation area for housing development; and further to give the farm a long lease to enable them to develop their valuable work, enriching individual and community life, on a secure footing.

And the petitioners remain, etc.]

[P002219]