Bury Green Party

Allotment campaign

10 February 2012

21.1.2012 - LATEST NEWS: all self-managed Allotments in Bury have now come together as Bury Allotment Association.

You can visit their new website at : http://www.buryallotmentassociation.co.uk/ 

Bury Green Party welcome the new association and look forward to a close co-operation with all its members.

 

Bury Green Party has been  informed that there are now over 564  applicants on the waiting lists in Bury.  

Under the Small Holdings and Allotment Act of 1908 ( section 23 ), Bury Council has the statutory duty to provide allotments to those who wish to have a plot to grow their own food. The Council is therefore clearly not complying with its statutory duty to respond to the rights of local residents and applicants to have a plot.

Under pressure from Bury Green Party, the Council conducted a much needed review of their waiting lists and commisionned a consultant to carry out an audit of all 516 plots across 26 sites.  These comprises of 443 plots managed by Allotment Associations ( e.g. self-managed ) and 73 plots managed by the Council. At the time, Bury Green Party estimated that approximately 30 plots were left derelict or unused across the Borough.

Through a request for further details under the Freedom of Information Act, we have been informed that the total budget for Allotments for 2009/10 was £10,700 and expenditure was £9,131.47p.

Although we were told that there was no money for allotments, the £1568.53p of underspent was put back into the Council's general fund. In August 2010, we obtained a breakdown of the rental income from each site managed by the Council.  This showed that out of their 73 plots, only 49 plots produced a revenue amounting to a grand total of £4,026.29p.

Ever since we launched our allotment  campaign, we have paid particular attention to the 19 plots managed by the Council near Fern street in Ramsbottom where no less than 7 plots appear to have been left derelict or vacant.

  

Un-cultivated plot on Fern street allotment

We we will send you a copy of our petition.

Meanwhile, you may care to keep an eye on your own local and Council-managcontinue to put pressure on the Council to explain what action they are taking to re-let each and everyone of these plots. On 11th May,  Parks and Countryside Manager Mike Brent informed us that there were still 5 of them vacant on that site. We are aware that some tenants have been served with Notices for non-payment or non-cultivation and that Plot 7 - which we found to have pigs on it ! - is being cleared.

We are also collecting signatures for a petition for more land and resources for allotments across the Borough.  If you wish  to  join us in this campaign and help us to reach our target for 2500 signatories - the magic number to guarantee a proper hearing by the Full Council - do contact us on haydockbgp@yahoo.com or tel 0161 7051560 and ed site and let us know of your findings ( the sites are on Bolton Road West, Manchester road and Fern street  in Ramsbottom, Whalley road in Shuttleworth, Egypt Lane in Prestwich  and Lancaster Ave and Melrose close in Whitefield ).

 







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