Submitted by dave-sudworth on 13 November 2013 – 4:06pm
Press Release – Last Call to Allotment Petitioners of 2008
In 2008, GAFA submitted a joint application for allotments to High Peak Borough Council in the form of a petition with 483 signatures. The petition was accepted by the council at the time as a legitimate application and everyone who signed it is still eligible for one of the new allotments in Glossopdale, that are projected to open in the autumn of 2014.
However, that eligibility now has a time limit, because GAFA are working with High Peak Council to draw up a new statutory waiting list for the planned new allotment sites at Dinting Lane and Gamesley combined with the existing waiting list at Jordan Street, Glossop. Applicants will then have a choice of where they want an allotment, as and when plots become available.
“If you signed GAFA’s petition and you still want your signature to count as an application, you must contact GAFA immediately and join the group as a fully-paid-up member”, states the Chair of GAFA, Mark Alix. “Our membership scheme is affordable to all and this is the only practical and fair way at this time that the group can continue to represent the interests of its members and supporters.”
“All parties at the Glossopdale Allotments Forum are in agreement that this is the fairest way to allocate the new plots – by combining the existing waiting lists from Jordan St with lists of names put forward by GAFA, Dig Hadfield and Gamesley Residents Assocation to create a single list for the statutory (council-owned) sites. The earliest date of application for an allotment for an applicant on more than one list will be taken and used to determine the order of the statutory list. This new list will not alter the existing lists for any private or temporary allotment sites like the ones at St Mary’s Rd, Glossop or Salisbury St in Hadfield”, states Mark.
For those who did not sign the petition, they can still put their name forward for the new list by applying through the council’s website www.highpeak.gov.uk/allotments or by joining one of the three groups contributing names to the list.
You can join GAFA by sending a cheque or postal order for £6 (£3 unwaged) to: Lisa Caldwell, 74 Spire Hollin, Glossop. SK13 8BJ with your name, full address and a contact email and phone number, or by contact through the website www.grow-glossopdale.org.uk. Alternatively, you can join by attending GAFA’s AGM.
GAFA’s AGM takes place on Tuesday 19th November from 7.30-9.30pm at Bradbury Community House, Market St, Glossop; all are welcome including people with disabilities.