Thursday, 13 August 2009

the UK allotment shortage...

It has now been over a year since we asked our Parish Council to provide allotments for the village under the 1908 Small Holdings and Allotment Act.

"Under the 1908 Small Holdings and Allotments Act, where there is demand, it is the duty of the local authority to provide residents, registered on the electoral roll, with allotment space. The Act even gives local authorities the power to compulsorily acquire land for allotments, if they don't have sufficient already."

The journey has been up and down, not hearing anything for six months, then the perfect site was found within walking distance, the neighbours didn't want an allotment site next to them and battle commenced.

We are not alone, up and down the country people are asking their local council's to provide sites for allotments and a recent survey* showed that more than 80,000 people are waiting for a plot with a typical delay of three years, a poll of 301 UK councils found.

The longest wait was in Camden at 40 years, followed by 30 years at Blyth Valley in Northumberland and 25 years in Islington, north London.

*The survey by home insurance firm LV also found that 56% of allotment users took up a plot to save money.

Just over a third of respondents said they had an allotment to control the amount of pesticides used on their food.

Our quest for an allotment continues, with a supportive council but severe shortage of available land and considerable opposition.

1 comment:

  1. Happy National Allotment Week...the perfect week to raise the profile:)

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