Council motion for more allotments in Cambridge

The motion below was debated at a full meeting of Cambridge City Council at the Guildhall, 6pm Thursday, 4th December.

The was proposed by Cllr Lucy Walker and seconded by Cllr Rob Dryden:

The Council, as the allotment authority for Cambridge, acknowledges

  1. the importance of allotments to the community and the environment
  2. the importance of meeting unmet demand in the city
  3. that we must fulfil our statutory duty to make available suitable and sufficient allotments to meet the needs of the residents of Cambridge.

The Council therefore calls on the Director of Planning and Environment and on the Director of Community Services to submit a report to the Executive that establishes

  • how many allotments are required to provide for the needs of present residents
  • identifies land that can be made available to let as allotments to fill this need
  • considers whether the potential number of allotments required in the new development areas is adequate for new residents and makes proposals to address any shortfall
  • sets out a programme and budget recommendations to ensure that all allotments have basic facilities including water and onsite toilets by 31 March 2010.

The motion (with slightly amended wording, see below) was resolved with 38 for and none against.

The Council, as the allotment authority for Cambridge, acknowledges

  1. the importance of allotments to the community and the environment
  2. the importance of meeting unmet demand in the City
  3. that we must fulfil our statutory duty to make available suitable and sufficient allotments to meet the needs of the residents of Cambridge.

The Council calls on the Executive Councillor for Arts and Recreation to bring forward a report to the Community Services Scrutiny Committee which:

  • establishes how many allotments are required to provide for the needs of present residents
  • identifies land that can be made available to let as allotments to fill this need
  • considers whether the potential number of allotments required in the new development areas is adequate for new residents and makes proposals to address any shortfall
  • sets out proposals to ensure that all allotments have basic facilities, including water and onsite toilets, including a clear timetable and financial implications

(Thanks to Glenn Burgess, Committee Manager, Customer and Democratic Services, Cambridge City Council, Tel: 01223 457169, for sending this text from the meeting.)

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