Allotment Waiting Lists in Slough

Ms K Tweed made this Freedom of Information request to Slough Borough Council

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Dear Slough Borough Council,

Please would you acknowledge this request.

As of July 2015, please could you tell me:

1) How many allotment sites are there in Slough for which the
Council has access to waiting list data?

2) What is the total number of plots on these sites?

3) Are all sites fully occupied?

4) What is the total number of people on waiting lists for these
sites?

5) Are any of these waiting lists closed to further applications?

6) What is the average time for people to remain on the waiting lists before being offered a plot?

Yours faithfully,

Ms K Tweed

FOI, Slough Borough Council

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_Freedom of Information, Slough Borough Council

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_Freedom of Information, Slough Borough Council

Ms Tweed

Your FOI request is not yet due for a response but I wanted to let you know that currently we are struggling to answer your request as our allotment management system has been down for the past week.

We are liaising with our IT section and are awaiting a fix so we can get back into the system.

We will send a response ASAP. Please accept my apologies.

Regards, SBC FOI Officer

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Margaret Dodds left an annotation ()

Slough Unitary Authority made its Allotments Officer redundant as part of the Labour-run council's staff cuts. The remaining staff are "struggling to cope".

Meanwhile the same council is paying £800 a day for temporary staff, including agency fees.

Ms K Tweed left an annotation ()

Thank you. We know that the Allotment Officer was made redundant earlier this year, but we are now having problems getting the Council to respond to any problems or queries concerning the allotments. We have been trying for over a year to get them to let vacant plots and evict those not looking after their plots, especially as we are told we have long waiting lists. We thought we might be able to quote their own figures back to them!

Janik2 left an annotation ()

Dear Ms Tweed,

It sounds like a wonderful news story. If you would kindly consider sharing the details with us, someone will pop round today or tomorrow photograph the evidence and publish it.

It is really hard work getting Slough to do anything except spend the public's money on really wasteful and utterly senseless things.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Janik
01753-208111

Ms K Tweed left an annotation ()

Thank you for your interest Paul, however - one main problem - I haven't yet had a reply to my FOI request yet.

Janik2 left an annotation ()

If I was in charge of the council's (now half privatised) IT (with Arvato on an expensive 10 year loss-making (for the public) contract running, or trying to run, half the telephone system and half the IT system), your answer would be delivered in less than 24 hours - literally after a few keystrokes and clicks on a computer screen.

Earlier this month Slough UA stated:

"The council web site http://www.slough.gov.uk/leisure-parks-a... lists all the sites and their locations and has further information and an on-line application form should you wish to apply for a plot."

It appeared, from that source, the Council were in a terrible disorganised mess. Obviously sacking the part-time lady was a really clever, helpful, useful and excellent attempt at delivering First Class council services to the down-trodden of Slough. Once again, Slough UA failed to impress me.

Which sites are your primary concerns ? I have friends who *might* be able to help in some small way.

_Freedom of Information, Slough Borough Council

Ms Tweed

The Parks & Open Spaces Improvements Officer has contacted me to say that he does not have all the information you requested, but has been able to gather the information below. I hope this helps.

1) How many allotment sites are there in Slough for which the Council has access to waiting list data? Answer: 12 including Cowper Rd. Allotments which are self managed

2) What is the total number of plots on these sites? Answer: 1003 including Cowper Rd.

3) Are all sites fully occupied? Answer: No, some have become available since some plots where halved in size

4) What is the total number of people on waiting lists for these sites? Answer: 616

5) Are any of these waiting lists closed to further applications? Answer: No

6) What is the average time for people to remain on the waiting lists before being offered a plot? Answer: We do not currently have accurate information but 18 months to 2 years is a rough average although this varies from site to site

Regards, SBC FOI Officer

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Margaret Campbell left an annotation ()

Using info from previous FOI requests to Slough. In:
- 2009 there were 18 people waiting per 100 plots in use
- 2011 - 35 people waiting per 100 plots in use
- 2013 - 50 people waiting per 100 plots
- 2015 - 61 people per 100 plots
http://www.transitiontownwestkirby.org.u...

Ms K Tweed left an annotation ()

Just as a note to those interested. From another source asking for a FOI request - there are 156 vacant plots according to SBC. But, according to our site records there are double the number of plots definitely vacant than those on SBC's records. The records were not properly updated before the allotment officer left the job. We currently have the same number again that have not been worked for over 6 months (some not worked for 2-3 years).