Allotment sites all set to increase

ALLOTMENTS in the borough are set to grow after a new strategy was approved.

Cabinet members at North Tyneside Council have given their backing to plans which could see more garden spaces created.

The number of allotment plots in the borough has increased over the last few years, with plans for even more in the pipeline.

An original North Tyneside Allotment Strategy was launched in August 2009 but never formally adopted.

However, officials at the council felt that endorsement by the cabinet would enable it to be used to obtain funding from developers and access grants.

Coun Glynis Barrie, cabinet member for community services, said: “Since the allotment strategy was launched we’ve created around 50 additional plots with more to follow later this year.

“But demand outstrips supply, which means we’re continually trying to create more sites.

“We believe formal adoption of the strategy will help us access grants plus obtain contributions, whether financial or in kind, from developers towards the creation of new allotments.”

When the strategy was launched, North Tyneside had 1,870 allotment plots. Currently, the number is 1,921 with plans for a further 38 for this year.