Council allotments receive 'community right to challenge'

27/02/2018, PR8750

Wakefield Council has received an 'expression of interest' from a community organisation that would like to take over the management of its allotments service.

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​A group has contacted the Council, under the ‘community right to challenge’ legislation, that allows community organisations to put forward their plans and ideas as to how they would run and improve a local authority service.

Under the proposals, 52 allotments which are owned by the Council would be considered for a change in management.

Allotments that are managed by the Council, but not owned by it, and those managed by town and parish councils are currently unaffected by the proposals – but could be affected in future if a new management company took over the running of the service.

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities at Wakefield Council, said: “We’re very proud of our allotments which we know are very important to local communities and local residents.

“We are in the very early stages of exploring this option, which we and all other local authorities are required to do so under the law and we are working to national guidance.”

The Council will keep allotment holders up-to-date on how the process progresses.

Any organisation wanting to be considered as part of this process can do so online at: www.yortender.co.uk