New strategy aims to see allotment provision grow in Buxton and Glossop

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TIME is running out for residents to have their say on plans to provide new allotments in Glossopdale and Buxton.

Interest in allotments has soared in recent years as people become more aware of environmental issues and the benefits of growing their own food.

Waiting lists for plots on High Peak Borough Council’s Glossop and Buxton sites currently stand at 126 and 51 respectively.

The authority has now published a draft Allotment Strategy to increase provision and improve the way it manages its sites. The strategy aims to increase the number of allotments, involve the community in developing and managing sites and ensure sites are run in an environmentally sustainable way.

Anthony McKeown, executive councillor for community services, said: “We’re committed to identifying new allotment sites, exploring the development of community gardens, working with plot holders to develop community allotment associations and exploring options for self management.

“The development of new sites will promote sustainability by providing water tanks, and recycling and composting facilities, and by encouraging biodiversity”, he explained.

The strategy will ensure that allotment provision is considered in the design of new housing developments, that consideration is given to plot splitting and communal allotments to increase numbers, and that thought is given to converting under-used council land into allotments.

Closer partnerships will be forged with allotment associations, self-managed sites and parish councils while proposals will be considered for ensuring that people on the waiting list are not allocated more than one plot.

To comment on the strategy, visit www.highpeak.gov.uk. Alternatively, write to Philip Wiggans, Technical Officer, Buxton Town Hall, Derbyshire, SK17 6EL. Hard copies of the strategy can be viewed by visiting Glossop Municipal Buildings or Buxton Town Hall.

The deadline for comments is Friday March 2.

Next week, the council’s Executive will be asked to approve the strategy for final consultation, the findings of which will be taken fully into account before the document is adopted.