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Allotments for Tain approved by Highland councillors

Potatoes
Image caption Tain Allotment Group said the project would encourage healthy eating

A plan for new allotments in Tain in Easter Ross have been approved by Highland councillors.

Tain Allotment Group has proposed marking out 58 different plots and building a toilet block on land off Scotsburn Road known as Croft Arthur.

The plan drew six objections raising concerns about car parking, drainage and that the area would be unsightly.

Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross planning committee approved the plans subject to a number of conditions.

Tain Allotment Group said the new plots would help to encourage healthy eating of locally-grown produce.

Forty people have so far said they were interested in taking up one of the plots.

It is the latest allotment development in the Highlands.

Last month, Nairn Allotment Society sought grant assistance for a compost toilet, which would have provision for disabled gardeners.

The society said the toilet was needed for its newest site in the town's Mill Road.

New allotments have also been created in Inverness.

The Crofters Commission has also suggested a plan that would see about 39 acres (16ha) developed for housing and allotments at Knocknagael Farm, off Essich Road in Inverness.

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