The Threat:
The Government has announced a “Review of statutory duties”, aimed at identifying and removing duties from local authorities which are a “burden”. One of the duties they are considering removing is the duty to provide sufficient number of allotments for people in the area who want one. This means ALL allotments, including existing ones, not just new ones.

What You Can Do:

  1. Write to your MP.  The National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners has some information about the threat.  We have also compiled some useful background information for you to use.
  2. Look at the Government’s web page on “Review of statutory duties placed on local government“.  Then fill in the “Statutory duties webform” which is in the top right-hand corner.  Time is short. We have only until 25 April.  The webform is a bit confusing, so here are some model answers which you can use.  Better still, write your own. But do fill in the form!
Link to background info and model answers for filling our the webform:
 
Webform itself:
 
 
greenest governement ever?? my arse...

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Comment by Chris Wells on April 21, 2011 at 16:19

Hi Kate, thanks for alerting us to this campaign.

 

I just blogged about this here: http://bit.ly/g4pAI3

 

And tweeted here: http://twitter.com/#!/djwesto/status/61083395056336896

Comment by George Latham on April 21, 2011 at 16:18
Hi Kate.
Are you plugged into the allotment system in Brent? We've been trying to work out for a while how we can get in touch with people on waiting lists for allotments, who might be interested in getting involved in some of our community gardening projects for example.
We are also trying to trace the history of some old allotment sites (for instance along the railway line behind Winchester Avenue) in order to find the precedent to help us get them back up and running.
If you can help do let me know on lathamgeorge@hotmail.com
Regards
George

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