This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Allotment Sites'.

Date: Wed, 2 May 2012 09:12:31 +0100
Subject: FW: Freedom of Information request - Allotment Sites (REF: 101000332426)
From: Richard Fisher <[email address]>
To: "[email address]" <[email address]>
Cc: Mark Jennings <[email address]>, Ceri Stephens <[email address]>

Dear Mr Reynolds,

Thank you for your enquiry. I shall answer your queries in the order they were raised.

Waiting lists for the allotments sites were temporarily closed whilst a formal decision was made regarding their management. The numbers on the lists did not bear relation to the number of plots available through natural turnover and this was not being appropriately communicated to the applicants. This subsequently resulted in expectations that were unable to be met within any practical timescale. The work to determine appropriate waiting lists for the sites is now underway and a formal paper will be presented for consultation in the Summer.

The current waiting list is 342 applicants. There are 31 applicants for the Gorse Hill site.

Our records show that there are no applicants with Omdurman Street addresses.

There is not currently the capability to export the postcodes of the applicants. As part of a summer review of the allotment provision, we will be plotting need against our current sites; however, this information is not yet available and will be manually constructed.

There have not been any sites closed since 2006. One site has been re-opened due to specific demand in that area.

I hope that this answers your query.

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Yours sincerely,

Richard Fisher
StreetSmart Service Delivery Manager
Swindon Borough Council

-----Original Message-----
From: t d reynolds [mailto:[email address]]
Sent: 14 April 2012 19:47
To: Customer Services
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Allotment Sites

Dear Swindon Borough Council,
Can you tell me why the waiting lists for the allotment sites have
been closed and when was this decision taken?
In 2008, there were a total of 841 on the waiting list, we are now
told this number has fallen to 300, and there is nobody from
Gorsehill on the list, is this true?
It is reported that in Omdurman Street alone, there are 11 on the
waiting list, is this also true?
Is it possible to get a copy of the waiting list addresses (even by
just post code numbers)
How many sites have the council actually closed since 2006?.

Yours faithfully,
T D Reynolds


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