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Brighton Allotments in Danger - Letter Writing Support Requested


Further to my original post:,6682.msg55706.html#msg55706

I'd like to thank everyone who has already pledged their support, especially those of you who took the time to write to the Policy & Resources Committee, and to the Evening Argus. A special thank you goes out to Malcolm (Columbus on Allotments4All) who was moved to produce this lovely logo for us.

We still need your support, you have no idea how much it inspires us to keep going. The words 'done deal' are still being heard :-/  If you haven't done so already please take a few minutes to write and express your views to our local paper 'The Argus'. You can do so easily online here:

Or by email to the editor:

Or by snail mail to: The Argus, Argus House, Crowhurst Road, Hollingbury, Brighton, BN1 8AR

If you are happy to have your comments added to the local community website in support of saving our alllotments than please email me a copy of your message

Thanks again, Sharon

I unexpectedly came across this ...

Which you might want to read.

(I`ll forgive them for resizing "my" logo, and I`m not in Leeds.)

I think this is a terrible situation and I`m deeply saddened by it.ย  :'(


PS. you can go here to comment locally

Hi all,

If anyone were thinking of disposing of allotments ...

An Authority wishing to dispose of statutory allotment land or use it for any purpose other than allotments is required to seek the Secretary of State's consent under section 8 of the Allotments Act 1925 . Statutory allotment land is defined as land that has been specifically acquired for the use as allotments.

In the first instance, applications for disposal are dealt with by Government Offices and so in order to take this matter forward I would advise you to contact Margaret Adlam at the Government for the South East, Planning Casework Team, Bridge House, 1 Walnut Tree Close, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4GA.

Consent for disposal cannot be given unless the Secretary of State is satisfied that certain criteria are met. The criteria were consulted on in the draft PPG 17 and clarified criteria were issued to local authorities in February 2001. The criteria are that:

 ยท        The allotment in question is not necessary and is surplus to requirements;

ยท        Adequate provision will be made for displaced plot holders, or that such provision is not necessary or is impracticable;

ยท        The number of people on the waiting list has been effectively taken into account;

ยท        The authority has actively promoted and publicised the availability of allotment sites and has consulted the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners; and,

ยท        The implications of disposal for other relevant policies, in particular development plan policies, have been taken into account.

You may also wish to be aware that under PPG17 Local Authorities are required to undertake robust audits of existing space and to conduct assessments of need for their areas so that they can both protect existing facilities and plan for new ones where they are needed.  It is expected that by implementing the guidance in PPG17, adequate provision for allotments should be made. PPG17 also mentions cemeteries and churchyards in its typology of open space. I you don't have a copy, you can download PPG17 from the website at

I do hope this information is helpful.

Best of Luck,

Hi all, Current affairs?
"Every interest goes its own way, regardless of anything but itself so long as it meets no opposition. Every measure is equally indifferent to the politician; a reform only becomes valuable to him when he can hope by it to serve his Party, but in order to do so, those who desire it must be a force, and be able to lend force."

Lost Landscapes
by D.F. Randell of Allotments Alive



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