Terrace Allotment site Watford has existed since 1896. It stands
in the centre of the hugely urbanized town of Watford. An oasis in an Urban
Jungle. However we are in the middle of a bitter war with our council and
central government who want to build housing on our site. This is becoming an
epidemic, as more and more councils see selling off precious allotment sites as
a way of generating cash. Since 2007 there have been 132 separate applications
to close down allotments under section 8 of the 1925 Allotments Act. Out of
these 132 applications 97% were approved (128 cases) and only 4 cases refused.
Plot holders feel powerless to protest about these closures because the
government have such power "“ until now.
Our case showed that the
Secretary of State had not applied his policy lawfully and in the face of legal action the Secretary of State backed down! However our Lib Dem council is not backing down and plans to put in
another submission to develop on the allotments as the original case now has to
be revisited. We in defence will be putting in our own submission with new data
and facts. The Secretary of State will then make a new decision again in the
Autumn. If we win, not only will we save Farm Terrace but we also
will strike a blow for the protection of allotments all over the UK as it will
make it much harder for them to be developed on!
successfully challenged the first decision we may have to continue our fight in
court dependant on what the decision is in the Autumn.
So far, we have
received support from individuals, allotment holders, allotment associations
nationwide as well as members of our local community.
Please donate as much as you can, we believe
that if all our allotments are
still needed now, more than ever. If all allotment holders keep quiet and do
not stand up and be counted alongside us it is our very real fear that
allotments will, in the very near future, be assigned to the history books.
Please help Save Farm Terrace. Please help save