Momentum grows for new Honiton allotments

Long-running plans for new allotments in Honiton are back on the agenda.

Town councillors are poised to discuss proposals for a scheme at Battishorne Way.

Members of Honiton Town Council’s Green and Open Spaces Committee are set to ‘consider the way forward’.

The topic is listed for discussion at a meeting taking place on Monday, June 24.

Discussions will take place ‘in committee’, with the public and press excluded, because of the confidential nature of the information likely to be disclosed during the debate.

Many residents have fond memories of former allotments in Dowell Street.

Current proposals were initially mooted some years ago but have yet to come to fruition.

Nationally, there are thought to be 330,000 plots. The National Allotment Society reveals there is an official shortfall of around 90,000 in the UK, with many allotments running waiting lists.

Rising demand for sustainable food and locally sourced fresh fruit and vegetables is fuelling greater interest in allotments.

There is a statutory obligation on local authorities to provide allotments where there is a demand.

However, the National Allotments Society points out “there are still very few sites being created each year”.

It estimates waiting lists are mostly likely much higher than 90,000 because figures do not include waiting lists held by town and parish councils.

At the same meeting, councillors will discuss how best to carry out footpath inspections for 2019/20.


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