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Allotment Sites

– in the Scottish Parliament on 6th January 2016.

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Photo of Mark Griffin Mark Griffin Labour

7. To ask the Scottish Government how it encourages the development of new allotment sites. (S4O-05220)

Photo of Aileen McLeod Aileen McLeod Scottish National Party

The Scottish Government strongly supports the development of allotments for food growing and recognises the range of benefits that they bring to individuals and communities. The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 places new duties on local authorities in respect of allotments, including a requirement to take steps to limit waiting lists and waiting times for those who are on such lists. We believe that the provisions will strongly encourage the development of new allotment sites and will, thereby, increase access to allotments for people throughout Scotland.

Photo of Mark Griffin Mark Griffin Labour

I have been approached by constituents in Cumbernauld who have said that demand for allotment sites is far outstripping supply. Funding was to be made available to local authorities for their new responsibilities under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, which the minister mentioned, for developing allotment sites. Can the minister say how much money the Government has made available to local authorities to increase the number of allotments in the Central Scotland region?

Photo of Aileen McLeod Aileen McLeod Scottish National Party

I thank Mark Griffin for his question and I appreciate the sentiments behind it. If he wants to write to me for further detailed information on that, I will be very happy to take that on board.

The Deputy Presiding Officer:

I apologise to the members whom I have been unable to call, but we have to move on to the next item of business.