Allotment holders vote to keep council in charge - The Worcester Observer

Allotment holders vote to keep council in charge

Worcester Editorial 20th Mar, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016   0

ALLOTMENT holders in Worcester have voted for the city council to continue managing the sites.

A poll by the Worcester Allotments Forum discussed whether or not tenants would be interested in self-management at the 25 council-run sites, with reduced involvement from Worcester City Council.

But almost two thirds voted against this, instead opting to keep the council playing a significant part on the land out of a total of 33 per cent of allotment holders who had their say.

Chris Thorp, chairman of the Worcester Allotments Forum, said: “This has been a very worthwhile exercise, with a good turn-out engaging a significant proportion of the city’s allotment tenants.

“This has opened up the whole self-management question, and moved forward the debate regarding the future of the management of our allotments within the city.

“There seems little doubt improved co-operation between the allotment holders and the city council has the potential to yield positive results for all parties.”

The result will now be debated by the forum committee at its next meeting, when options on how to achieve the best management for the allotments will be considered further.

Coun Matt Lamb, Worcester City Council cabinet member for a cleaner and greener city, said: “I’m very please the allotment forum and the tenants have conducted this process with such enthusiasm.

“As a council we are happy to work with allotment holders to put in place the management systems they want to see.”

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