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I am contacting you on behalf of the Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society (SAGS).

We need your help and the Secretary of the allotments site where you are on the waiting list has kindly agreed to forward this e-mail on to you.

The Scottish Government has updated all the legislation surrounding Allotments in the Community Empowerment Act Part 9. The Act comes into force next year and the Government are now consulting on the Guidance (the pain English explanation of the Act) that sits alongside the legislation to assist local Authorities on how to implement the legislation.

While a lot of the legislation relates to increasing the number of Allotments, there are several sections which will have a major impact on existing sites and plot holders as they deal with the regulations that local authorities can impose on directly managed and self-managed sites. In order to ensure that the new legislation is fit for purpose, it is important that the Consultation receives as big a response as possible from the allotment community so that our views are properly taken into account. We need your help to do this.

There is a document with questions for you to answer on the Scottish Government web site at this link:

The document headed: “Allotments in Scotland still under threat” that accompanies this e-mail includes the questions that will be most relevant to allotment plot holders:

  • Question 5: Allotment Site regulations and further provision.
  • Question 8: Delegation of Management of Allotment Sites

The document headed: “Have Your Say on Allotments” provides examples of the SAGS preferred responses to the Questions. Please don’t just cut and paste our points into your response, but put them into your own words to maximise their impact.

Thank you in advance for your help, it is greatly appreciated.

Ian Welsh

President, Scottish Allotments & Gardens Society: