Saturday, 8 August 2009

MORE ALLOTMENT LAND NEEDED NOW

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 8th August 2009 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 079444 71083


MORE ALLOTMENT LAND NEEDED NOW

Kent Green Party is calling upon all councils in Kent and Medway to amend their Local Development Framework documents to allocate more land to allotments. People are buying more seeds for growing than ever before (1). Similarly, demand for allotments is growing is so fast that waiting lists mean people may wait decades for an allotment(2). Dr Hazel Dawe comments:

“When people are responding to the recession by trying to grow more of their own food, we need local councils to step in and increase the amount of land available for allotments. Kent Green Party wants all the local councils in Kent to allocate more land under their Local Development Frameworks to allotments. A typical allotment in the UK attracts 30 applicants and will save a user about £950 a year on food. Recent research suggests 6 million people in the UK would like an allotment but there are currently only about 206,000 allotment plots.

“Kent Green Party suggests councils look for new allotment sites. Industrial estate land empty more than two years could be put to better use. Allotments are a much better use of some flood prone sites than housing. And what about agricultural land adjacent to urban areas?

“There is ample evidence of demand for allotments all over Kent (3). Also, under the Smallholdings and Allotments Act 1908, Councils actually have a duty to provide allotments where there is demand for them in their area.”

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FURTHER INFORMATION: Dr Hazel Dawe, Chair – KENT GREEN PARTY – on 01732 355185 or mobile 079444 71083. Contact address as above.

Notes:

1. SEE for example: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-561022/Vegetable-seed-sales-increase-60-cent-Britons-attempt-save-money-credit-crunch-hits.html and http://www.bbc.co.uk/bloom/actions/growyourown.shtml
2. http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2009/jun/02/allotments-shortage-waiting-lists
3. SEE for examples: Sevenoaks: http://www.thisiskent.co.uk/news/Allotments-demand-recession-hits-residents/article-884757-detail/article.html & Westerham: http://www.thisiskent.co.uk/news/Huge-demand-allotments/article-866009-detail/article.html & Barham: http://www.barhampc.kentparishes.gov.uk/default.cfm?pid=news&newsid=2669 & Canterbury: http://www.canterbury.gov.uk/faq/categories/Leisure/Allotments/ & Tunbridge Wells: http://www.tunbridgewells.gov.uk/section.asp?catid=1335&docid=3673 & Swanley: http://www.swanleytowncouncil.gov.uk/infopage.asp?infoid=487

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