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Crisis for Elvington Community Allotment Association


2:48pm 8th March 2012

After four years of searching, the Elvington Community Allotment Association Committee have not been able to secure suitable land to set up a community allotment site in or around the village of Elvington.

The committee came very close last year when a local farmer agreed to lease a field off Dauby Lane so work started to secure deposits from potential allotmenteers as well as funding from various organisations including City of York Council and the two Ridings Community Foundation. However disappointment struck after a visit from City of York Council who would not grant planning permission.

Jo Wedgwood, Committee Chairman, said:

"It's really disappointing when after all the time spent to find suitable land within a reasonable distance from the village we hit a final stumbling block from the council."

Although planning permission is not required for allotments themselves, planning permission is required for the installation of sheds, greenhouses, water connection, a parking area etc, all the things that make an allotment site workable.

Gill Mallon, Committee Secretary, said:

"It's hard to believe that when you live in a village surrounded by countryside and farmland, we're unable to find a suitable plot of land for local residents to grow their own fruit and veg."

After four years the Committee have exhausted all their ideas as they have contacted all local land owners so would like send out a plea to anyone with any suggestions to help get the village of Elvington growing and reduce its food miles.

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