Hawkinge allotments outlook is sunnier

Contributed by editor on Apr 07, 2008 - 10:25 PM

Story by David Godfrey

There are still no allotments in Hawkinge but things could be changing after news that Shepway Council recently identified a site in the village which could be suitable for the local cottage gardeners.

PICTURE: Dr Merylin Canet of the National Society of Allotments and Leisure Gardeners Limited meeting with Cllr David Godfrey last Saturday 5th April.

The Hawkinge Allotment Society has been up and running close to 3 years and even without land it still has 30 members.

The village population of 6000 and growing indications are that when land is found demand will exceed supply as has been seen throughout the UK in recent years.

The Local Government Association have recently reminded all councils of the growing social need to fulfil the demand for allotments.

By law the parish council must provide land for allotments if at all possible.

The Society chairman, Mrs Eileen Blythe and her committee have been tireless in constantly lobbying both councils.

There is a glimmer of hope in that the District Council have identified potential site which is not currently earmarked for development nor sports and public use. As with all planning matters nothing is straightforward and there are several obstacles to overcome.

I am giving the Society my full support and indeed am hopeful of having an allotment myself in the not too distant future.