GREEN-FINGERED residents are being sought to air their view on the provision and use of Worcester’s allotment service and how it could be improved in the future.
Worcester City Council is looking to make changes after the independent National Allotment Society reviewed the service and made recommendations.
Views will be sought on how more active use of plots and best environmental practices at allotment sites can be encouraged – such as reducing water consumption.
The council is also seeking ways to reduce the time people spend waiting for a plot to become available, and to improve health and safety measures at sites.
“Our allotments are an important community asset, and we are fortunate to have many sites across the city. Plot holders tell us how much they enjoy their allotments; they have the opportunity to grow fresh, healthy produce while getting some exercise and making friends,” said Cllr Andy Stafford, chair of Worcester City Council’s Environment Committee.
“Now is the time to review our allotment service to ensure that it is accessible as possible – and to encourage best environmental practices across all the sites. If you would like to lease an allotment, are a current plot holder or live near an allotment site, we would like to hear your views.”
The authority is also consulting on proposed changes to the Tenancy Agreement, the relationship with the Allotment Forum and the roles of the Allotment Officer and Site Representatives.
Charges and concessions will also be reviewed – including a proposal to introduce a concessionary rate for tenants on a low income.
A full-time Allotment Officer is currently being recruited by the city council to improve the management of the sites and to offer more support.
Visit the website at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TL3SC3C by October 15 to have your say.
Residents can also speak in person with council officers at two drop-in sessions in The Guildhall on Monday (September 27) from 1pm to 4pm and again on Wednesday (September 29) from 5pm to 7pm
The findings of the survey will be presented to the city council’s Environment Committee on November 2 and will help to shape future decisions about the allotment service.