A social housing and regeneration organisation has made a donation to the parish where it is currently building a new housing development.
Riverside, which is nearing completion of 26 new homes near North Broomhill, with developer Partner Construction, has sponsored this year’s Togston in Bloom and Christmas lights competitions, which are annual competitions run by Togston Parish Council.
For the in Bloom contest, a plaque is awarded for Best Allotment and a cup for Best Flowering Garden.
During July, judges walked around the village looking at the allotments behind Guyzance Avenue, at East View and Togston Crescent. They also inspected all the gardens in the village.
The judge chose a first, second and third-place winner of the allotments and flowering garden.
These winners were invited to a presentation in September during the annual leek show where prizes and certificates were presented. Riverside’s donation was used for the prizes.
Julie Riseborough, from Riverside, said: “I was delighted to award the parish council with funding and look forward to coming back again to see the Christmas lights switched on at the end of November.”
Jen Robinson, from Togston Parish Council, said: “We are really grateful to Riverside for its contribution to both the Togston in Bloom and Christmas lights project which brings local people together to improve the local community.”
The application to build 31 properties, 26 of which are affordable, on land to the east of Togston Court and north of Togston Road, was approved in January last year. There will be 20 two-bedroom, six three-bedroom and five four-bedroom homes.
Some residents raised concerns over flooding, highways safety and loss of privacy, but planners said proposal would provide affordable dwellings in an area where there is an identified need.