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GOVERNMENT RESPONDS TO THE SELECT COMMITTEE REPORT 'THE FUTURE FOR ALLOTMENTS'

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Allotment gardening offers benefits for health, leisure, food production and the provision of green spaces in urban...
Allotment gardening offers benefits for health, leisure, food production and the provision of green spaces in urban areas, department of the environment, transport and the regions minister Alan

Meale said.

Announcing the publication of the government's response to the environment, transport and regional affairs committee report, The Future for Allotments, Alan Meale said: 'Allotments are valuable to local people for recreation and food production, and for the sustainable regeneration of our towns and cities.

'The recommendation by the committee that best practice guidance on allotments should be drawn up and implemented by local authorities will be of much value. My department will work closely with the Local Government Association if they decide to take up this recommendation.

'It is also important that local people are aware of the availability of allotments. The DETR placed an additional requirement on local authorities in March this year to demonstrate the active promotion of allotments before they can dispose of statutory allotment land. This affords statutory allotment land greater protection than it previously had'.

Allotments are also to be considered in the development of the department of health's Healthy Neighbourhoods policy and as part of the development of their White Paper Our Healthier Nation.

NOTES

1. The government's response to the environment, transport and regional affairs committee report, The Future for Allotments - ISBN 0 10 140522 7 - price£2.80 - is available from: The Stationery Office, Tel: 0171 873 9090, Inter net: www.national-publishing.co.uk

2. The environment, transport and the regions select committee fifth report The Future for Allotments - ISBN 0 10 239898 4 - price£8 - is available from: The Stationery Office, Tel: 0171 873

9090.

3. Section 8 of the Allotments Act 1925 requires local authorities to obtain the secretary of state for the environment, transport and the regions' consent for the sale or appropriation of statutory allotment land. The government plans to retain this provision in view of concern about the loss of allotment land.

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