Embracing Localism to protect allotments


Rumours had been circulating in recent weeks that an interest had been expressed in building on the land and in order to stop the scare mongering that had caused residents to contact their Conservative Councillors asking what was happening, the Councillors have been out talking to the residents.

Cllr Mrs Joan Holmes, Ward Member for Brentwood West said, ‘People were concerned at this rumour which I looked into.  I can confirm that there are no planning applications for this site and that Brentwood Borough Council has no plans to sell the land, even in this difficult financial climate.

‘Allotments mean a lot to so many people and we must protect that for future generations.  They promote healthy living, save residents money and provide a sense of community as people often work together to help each others allotment,’ she added.

Conservative Councillors are often out talking to residents on the door, and all agreed that it had been a very fruitful experience as residents were grateful for the opportunity to speak to Councillors and clarify the position.

‘Much has been made of the work of our local MP Eric Pickles and his Localism Bill.  As ever in Brentwood, Conservative Councillors are embracing the idea and taking it to the people,’ said Leader of the Council, Cllr Mrs Louise McKinlay.

‘We have started a petition which, under the localism agenda, will be used to demonstrate to the Planners what the neighbourhood wants.  This information will be drawn into the local Development Plan which encourages communities to specify what they do and do not want built in their area.  This is handing power to the community, something we are very keen to support,’ she added.

Anyone wishing to express their feelings over the future use of the allotments and to sign the petition to protect the allotments for future generations should contact Cllr Mrs Joan Holmes on 01277 224953.