Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 11th February 2009.

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Photo of Caroline Spelman Caroline Spelman Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requirements there are upon local authorities to provide allotments for the use of local residents.

Photo of Iain Wright Iain Wright Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government)

Under the Smallholdings and Allotments Act 1908, there is a duty on local authorities (except for inner London boroughs) to provide allotments where there is demand for them in their area. If a local authority is of the opinion that there is such a demand, they are required to provide a sufficient number of allotments for letting to persons residing in the area who want them.

Where representations have been received by any six registered parliamentary electors or persons liable to pay council tax, it is the duty of local authorities to take those representations into consideration when assessing demand.

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frank rookley
Posted on 4 Oct 2009 12:28 pm (Report this annotation)

the allotment and smallholdings act 1928, is not clear insofar as it does not give any time scale for the provision of allotments

frank rookley
Posted on 4 Oct 2009 12:31 pm (Report this annotation)

does anyone know if the EU have any directives relating to the provision of allotments?