Bob Willis made this Freedom of Information request to Sefton Borough Council

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Dear Sefton Borough Council,

How many people are presently on the waiting list for an allotment in Sefton?

What is the average waiting time for an allotment?

What policy documents exist in relation to this area?

Yours faithfully,

Bob Willis

Dear Sefton Borough Council,

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I am writing to request an internal review of Sefton Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Allotments'.

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Yours faithfully,

Bob Willis

Information, Sefton Borough Council

Dear Mr Willis,

I am sorry that there seems to have been a delay. TYour original request was received in May. I shall find out why the response did not get to you.

Yours sincerely,
Richard Roscoe.

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Dave Thompson, Sefton Borough Council

Mr Willis


Thank you for your query with regards to allotments in Sefton.


I hope the following information will be of assistence to you.


There are essentially two types of allotments in Sefton, those managed by
the Council and those leased by the Council to allotment associations for
the purpose of self management. I can only provide you with Council data
relating to the sites managed by the Council.


I must also make clear that applicants on waiting lists can, and often do,
appear on more than one list so the figures appear particularly high.


On the Southport area waiting list there are 337 persons on the list.


On the Crosby area waiting list there are 410 persons on the list.


On the Bootle area waiting list there are 175 persons on the list.


Total 922


We are currently indicating to new people joining our waiting lists that
thycan expect to wait approximately 4 years.


The Council is currently preparing an allotment strategy and this is in a
draft form.


I hope this answers your query,


kind regards


Dave Thompson


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Margaret Campbell left an annotation ()

Allotment waiting lists of the principal councils in England were surveyed about 12 months ago - see
and the database of council responses

At that time Sefton BC said that there were 825 people waiting. This new response seems to show an increase of about 100 more people waiting in the last 12 months.