Use brownfield sites for allotments, councils urged
A think tank focusing on local government is calling on councils to turn over publicly-owned brownfield sites for allotments.
It also argues that Government should offer tax incentives to land owners to allow allotments to be established on their unused plots.
The New Local government Network (NLGN) points to social and environmental benefits of allotments, and the fact that in many areas lengthy waiting lists are making it impossible for the public to access these benefits.
Director of the organisation Chris Leslie told Bradford paper the Telegraph and Argus “It is well documented that allotments can help to keep people fit, encourage healthy eating, reduce carbon footprints and save money on food bills, so it’s a tragedy that more than 100,000 people are waiting to be provided with a plot of land.
“Our reforms would see much more unused and unfunctional brownfield land developed into a much more picturesque landscape of working allotments.”
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