Waiting lists for allotments

Margaret Campbell made this Freedom of Information request to Dumfries and Galloway Council

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Margaret Campbell

Dear Dumfries & Galloway Council,

Please would you acknowledge this request.

As of January 2011, please could you tell me:

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

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

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

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

5) How many new council allotment sites were brought into use in 2010? Please give:
a) number of new sites
b) names of new sites
c) total area of new land in hectares
d) total number of new plots

6) What is the current annual rent for an allotment?

7) If concessions rates are available for O.A.P.s and/or unwaged people please give details

8) Does the Council plan to increase the number of allotments?

9) Is it the policy of the Council to advertise or promote allotments? If so please give details.

Many thanks,

Margaret Campbell

Kirkpatrick, Steven, Dumfries and Galloway Council

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Kirkpatrick, Steven, Dumfries and Galloway Council

Good Afternoon

Please find below the response to your recent request for information.

There are 6 allotment sites in Dumfries and Galloway.

Stoop (Dumfries) - 23 allotments, waiting list of 21.
Kingholm (Dumfries) - 29 allotments, waiting list of 17.
Noblehill (Dumfries) - 12 allotments, waiting list of 15.
Thornhill - 28 allotments, waiting list of 5.
Greenknowe (Annan) - 11 allotments
John Bell Field (Annan) 6 allotments, joint waiting list with Greenknowe of 37.

No waiting lists are closed due to further applications.

No new council allotment sites were brought into use in 2010.

£0.25 per square metre (allotments are approximately 100square metres in size) so average cost equals £25.00 per annum.

There is a 50% concession for O.A.P's.

The Council does not plan to increase the number of allotments.

There is not currently a policy to promote allotments, but an Allotment Strategy currently being developed.

If I can be of any further help, please let me know.


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Frank Farrell left an annotation ()

I have only this year applied to go on the waiting list for an allotment but I am concerned about the number of "abandoned" allotments in Dumfries i.e allotments where there are no signs of activity or care although the growing season is well on.
Do the council monitor the allotments to check if they are used?
Frank Farrell - dumfries100@hotmail.com

Margaret Campbell left an annotation ()

Hi Frank,

Sorry I've no idea, but you could submit a request to the council via this website to ask them yourself.