Plot to grow more allotments for Glossop

Plans to double the amount of allotments in Glossopdale could be approved today (Thursday), in a bid to combat decade-long waiting lists.

A new strategy, which earmarks two new sites and up to 132 plots, is set to be passed at High Peak Borough Council’s executive meeting at 6pm in Glossop.

Proposals include establishing an estimated 80 to 100 plots at Dinting Lane, Dinting, and 32 at Melandra Castle Road, in Gamesley, by September 2014.

According to the latest figures compiled by Glossopdale Action for Allotments, or GAFA, there were 121 plots in cultivation in Glossopdale last year, over seven sites, and 257 people on waiting lists.

Mark Alix, chairman of the group, said he was “delighted” with the move which would have a “massive effect” on the borough.

The plans would be the culmination of five years of lobbying the council.

The action group first approached the authority in November 2008, with a petition of 483 signatures calling for more allotments.

Mark said the current provision, where the council only manage one site in Glossopdale with ten plots, was “just crazy”.

The remaining sites are run by groups such as GAFA and Dig Hadfield.

If the three-year strategy is approved, he said it would change the way the community thought.

“They will know they have a viable service and a team of people who are working for them,” Mark explained.

He said the last three people to receive an allotment at the council-run Jordan Street allotments, had waited 12, nine and 13 years for a plot respectively, due to lengthy waiting lists.

In their report, GAFA said the situation was likely to be worse than their survey showed, saying: “Long waiting lists are often unrepresentative of the true extent of demand, because many people do not bother to apply because they believe they have extremely low chances of receiving an allotment.”

High Peak Borough Council also run the Cunningdale allotment site in Buxton, where there are 74 plots and 38 people on the waiting list. The cost of an annual tenancy is £61.