Town council to survey allotment lovers on what size plots matter
So many people are queuing for allotments in Marlborough that the town council has decided to survey them to ask whether they will accept smaller plots.
Land on the north side of the Stonebridge Meadow is the next available spot for allotments and with 55 people waiting the council’s Amenities and Open Spaces Committee is unsure how to parcel them up.
“The standard allotment, which goes back to the World War II, was 30 metres by six and was there to feed a family of four for a year,” explained committee chairman Councillor Richard Pitts.
“But we could redraw the size of the allotments to give space to more people and are considering compact plots of six metres by six instead. So we are going to ask those on the waiting list what they think.”
Given the rise in transport costs and food inflation generally, the committee is not surprised by the rush for grow-your-own allotments in the town. And it is expected that the demand will grow, the more so if Marlborough becomes a transition town with policies aimed at reducing climate change by reducing heating and transport costs in particular.
“It will probably take about five weeks before we can come to a decision on what size allotments people want,” added Councillor Pitts.