Allotments around BH

The following table is constructed mostly at Borough level from the FoI requests Jan 2010 undertaken by TT West Kirby, and at detailed level by me checking websites, and emailing people. Numbers and time waiting represent a snapshot only.

Council Sites Spaces Waiting Wait %, cost
Bournemouth 2 declared, but 4 more managed by holders 25 declared, 562 52 waiting at the 2 208%
£30 for 10 rods
comprising Longbarrow (throop) 130 70 6-8 per year
Brook Road (Northbourne) 90 53 5 per year
North Bournemouth (Slades Farm)
Bournemouth East (Lingdale Rd)
Merrivale (Cranleigh Rd) 12 plots 52
Springbourne (closed to new) 13 I guess being converted to a play area
Talbot Village Trust 30 private
Poole 7 (now 8) 326 (409 -> 424) 776 Jan, 918 Aug 2010 238% -> 216%
comprising Alder Farm 86 -> 89
Blake Dene 18
Broadstone 65 -> 67
Bushmells Fleetsbridge 89 -> 90
Hamworthy 18 143 3 per year
First in queue 4 years
Tatnam Farm 88 ->95
Whitecliff 7 -> 6
Widdecombe 38 -> 41
Also Tatnam Organic Patch communal
Christchurch 5 425 declared but ?486 on website 203 48%
£36 for 10 rods
comprises Douglas Avenue 5
Roeshot Hill 220
Rutland Rd 100
Southey Road 19
Walkford Rd 78
East Dorset 18 parish councils control
includes Alderholt
Corfe Mullen 60
Cranborne
Ferndown Private (Savilles)
Wimborne – Pamphill 30 Cemetary run
£35 for 10 rods
Wimborne – Hanham Deans Court estate run
Verwood 0 50 campaigning for land
Purbeck parish councils control
including Swanage 144 90 £5.60/rod
62% wait 2 years
Langton Matravers 28 3 Partners NT & local
Wareham – Bestwall
Wareham – Northmoor
Wareham – Stoborough 22 8 3-5 yrs
Wareham – Sandford 0 Used to be able to access Wareham allotments
Wool 32 9 28% waiters
Blandford Lamperds Field 63 full plus polytunnel. £28 for full plot
Philip Road 19

So because the question asked what lists the council have access to, some appear to have ducked the question, and Bournemouth, a town as big as Poole, shows very few allotment sites via FoI, though interestingly, just as high a percentage of waiters.

If you have any information to supplement or correct the above table, I would be delighted to be put right.

The Verwood campaign for allotments highlights some of the surrounding sites, together with scales of charges where known, very consistently at around £28-36 for a full 10 pole site.

There is a very useful document produced by West Dorset council on their site in 2008, http://www.dorsetforyou.com/media.jsp?mediaid=140918&filetype=pdf which suggests;

  • Average Allotment rent £400/acre, average agricultural £100/acre based on £25/full plot (£10-£30 range)
  • Section 106 planning consent can require allotments, play areas or woodland
  • The law states that allotment rent should be reasonable
  • Full size plot 10 rods, 250 square metres to feed a family

SWCCA have a list, but not all sites are on there.

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