Demand for allotments is to be assessed

Berwick Town Council is keen to assess current demand for allotment space.

Sunday, 5th March 2017, 7:16 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:40 am
Lion Alloments in Berwick

Councillors have instructed the interim clerk to contact all individuals currently on the allotment waiting list to find out if their interest is still current.

Councils are required to provide a sufficient amount of allotments to meet demand and take into account any representation signed by six or more people.

Gareth Davies, interim clerk, said: “In order to demonstrate that it is providing a reasonable number of allotments, Berwick Town Council should review its provision on a regular basis, and consider its options.

“The only measure of demand for allotments BTC currently has is its waiting list, which is not regularly reviewed, and which may or may not be up to date.

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“In order to begin a review of allotment provision therefore, it seems appropriate to bring forward to council: a. A statement of existing allotment provision, and b. A reviewed allotment waiting list (anonymous) to enable councillors to assess demand.

Apart from leasing the Lions Allotments from the Preservation Trust, the town council owns three allotments at Blakewell Gardens, five at Five Arches and one at the former Kelso railway line. It has also previously been keen to identify land at Newfields.

A report will be presented to councillors at a future date.