reads the blog he will have seen this artcle which pre-dates his signature. Lib Dem colleague John Leech MP from Manchester proposed the motion:Southport MP has backed an Early day Motion in parliament about allotments-and I promise you I haven't lobbied him, although I am his Councillor and if he
Provision Of Allotments
EDM number 1763 in 2010-11, proposed by John Leech on 27/04/2011.
That this House notes that under the Small Holdings and Allotments Act 1908, a local authority has a statutory duty to provide a sufficient number of allotment plots to meet demand; further notes that under this legislation, should allotments be lost due to the development of that land, local authorities must provide an equal amount of land for use as allotments in its place; further notes that the Allotment Act 1908 has been included in the recent list of legislation to be reviewed; further notes that, despite this clear statutory obligation, the long and rapidly increasing waiting lists for allotments clearly show that local authorities are not discharging this duty; and therefore calls on the Government not to abandon the legislation but instead to ensure that it is properly enforced.
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