ePetition - Increasing Allotment volume

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Increasing Allotment volume

We the undersigned petition Brighton & Hove Council to Open up old sites and find land for new allotments

There are currently over 2000 people on the waiting list in Brighton and hove and rising, at present there are only around 200 vacant plots available. there is clearly a need for more allotment space.

This petition will be presented to the Environment & Sustainability Committee Meeting on 11 July 2012

Started by: gary johnson

This ePetition ran from 15/05/2012 to 12/07/2012 and has now finished.

77 people signed this ePetition.

Council response

Response from the Chair of Environment & Sustainability Committee:

'Thank you for your question. We have 2,943 allotments and waiting list of 2,144 so there is a great interest in food growing which is good news.

In 2008-2009, a review of the Allotments Service was undertaken to try to address the number on long waiting lists and under-utilised plots. There were issues of under cultivation or neglect of allotment plots. Since that time, changes have been introduced which included managing non cultivation fairly and firmly and introducing half size plots which are more manageable for those new to growing as well as increasing the number of allotments overtime.

We are also looking to at old sites and new sites, including Race Hill, and Whitehawk Hill. In fact we are due to consult on the management of the whole area which includes working with the Permaculture Trust on planting an Orchard. We have also identified a new potential site. However, there is always a funding issue.

I have called for an Allotment Strategy to be developed with the Federation to work up long term plans for the service and this should include considering how new sites can be financed in terms of the capital needed to set them up and the on going revenue costs such as water charges

Initial discussions have commenced and I am positive we can find a way forward even though we have to work within the current financial restrictions'


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