Waiting lists for allotments

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Margaret Campbell

Dear Renfrewshire Council,

Please would you acknowledge this request.

As of January 2011, please could you tell me:

1) How many allotment sites are there in Renfrewshire 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

Renfrewshire Council

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I refer to your e-mail dated 10th January 2011 requesting information under
the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. I have dealt with your
enquiry as you put it in your email.

Renfrewshire Council does not directly manage any allotment sites, although
three of the four sites existing in Renfrewshire operate on ground leased
from the Council. All aspects of the management, allocation and
maintenance of the allotments are the responsibility of the respective
Allotment Associations and their tenants.

1. How many allotment sites are there for which Renfrewshire Council has
access to waiting list data?
Renfrewshire Council does not have direct access to waiting list data
for any of the sites operating in its area. The four Allotment
Associations have, however, been cooperating with the Renfrewshire
Growing Grounds Forum (established in December 2009) and have
volunteered some information to allow us to assess the level of
unsatisfied demand in Renfrewshire.

2. What is the total number of plots on these sites?
The respective independent Allotment Associations have volunteered
the following information:
Paisley West End Allotments Association (formerly known as Well
Street Allotments Association) - 17 plots.
Brediland Allotment Association, Paisley - 40 plots.
Lamont City Farm, Erskine - 20 plots.
Patterson Park, Renfrew (operating on ground leased from Scottish
Power) - 26 plots.

3. What is the total number of people on waiting lists for these sites?
The respective independent Allotment Associations have volunteered
the following information:
Well Street Allotments Association - 10 on waiting list.
Brediland Allotment Association - 20 on waiting list.
Lamont City Farm - 20 on waiting list
Patterson Park - 40 on waiting list

4. Are any of these waiting lists closed to further applications?
None of the independent Allotment Associations have volunteered
information to Renfrewshire Council or the Renfrewshire Growing
Grounds Forum about the closure of waiting lists but a correspondent
to the Council recently reported that the waiting list at Lamont City
Farm is now closed.

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

None

6. What is the current annual rent for an allotment?
Only the Brediland Allotments Association has volunteered any
information about its plot charges. In December 2009 its annual
rents for allotments were as follows: £10 for a small plot, £16 for a
medium plot and £22 for a large plot.

7. If concession rates are available for OAPs and/or unwaged people
please give details
None of the Allotment Associations have volunteered information to
Renfrewshire Council or the Renfrewshire Growing Grounds Forum on
this subject.

8. Does the Council plan to increase the number of allotments
Renfrewshire Council does not have any plans to increase directly the
number of allotments in its area. It does, however, support the
principle of supporting groups who wish to establish growing
facilities on a devolved, community led basis - and has provided
funding support through its Local Area Committee network. Moreover,
in December 2009 Renfrewshire Council established the Renfrewshire
Growing Grounds Forum, a multi-agency body which has adopted the
following remit: “This group aims to increase the quantity and
quality of Growing Grounds opportunities available for people in
Renfrewshire”.

9. Is it the policy of the Council to advertise or promote allotments?
If so please give details
Renfrewshire Council does not advertise existing allotments because
it does not manage any of the sites. The Council however continues
to support the Renfrewshire Growing Grounds Forum through the
deployment of significant amounts of staff time, the Forum being the
Council’s main mechanism for promoting allotments and similar
community growing facilities.

I trust that this addresses your enquiry.

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Council has dealt with your request, you are entitled to require the
Council to review its decision. A copy of the Council's review
procedures is attached for your information.

If you have any further queries about this process, please do not
hesitate to contact me.

(See attached file: Microsoft Word - Review Procedures FOI.pdf)

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