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The Observer, Thursday November 6 2008                             

Allotments should be the rule call

Report by Steve Hayes

CAMPAIGNERS have welcomed a bid to force housing developers to provide allotments. Coun Eithne Goode was due to put the idea before a meeting of the town council last night (Wednesday).
In a notice of motion, Coun Goode, who also represents Warwick district and Warwickshire county councils, said that due to the in creasing number of homes which were likely to be built in the district over the next 20 years there should be a requirement for developers to include allotments.
She recommended the town council requests the district council to require developments of more than 19 houses or flats to provide the equivalent of an allotment for every ten dwelling, within two kilometres of the actual development.
It also suggests that in any developments of more than 99 homes the allotments should be provided at the site of the development.
Spokesperson for campaign group, Bringing Leamington Allotment Societies Together (BLAST), Geoff Southgate, said ‘BLAST fully supports Eithne Goode’s motion for allotment provision.
We represent four allotment societies in North Leamington as well as Leamington North East and we have the support of St Mary’s on Radford Road.    Together these six allotments have 756 members.
'All of these allotments have waiting lists which total nearly 200 people and if the town council were to open a new allotment tomorrow the size of Binswood they would still have people waiting.
‘This motion is definitely a step in the right direction and vital for the future, with the world’s resources coming under more pressure the need for self-sufficiency will grow and grow’.

Queue for a plot is near 200 strong