Jim Hume, Liberal Democratic MSP for the South of Scotland is continuing to pressurise the executive to implement its recently announced policy on allotments. On November 20th Jim tabled a question “To ask the Scottish Executive what mechanisms it will implement within the context of its national food policy to make land available to local authorities for use as allotment space where there is a proven need and desire for such provision.”
This is a very pertinent question considering within the last couple of weeks SAGs has been contacted by groups unable to find land, or whose allotment lease is being terminated by their LA inspite of Mr. Lochead’s announcement that it was executive policy that land should be released for allotments where possible.
The answer from Richard Lochead was “I recently announced that we would be asking a number of public bodies to consider how the land they manage could be made available to local authorities to increase the number of allotments across Scotland, including the South of Scotland. Officials from across the public sector (including local authorities) will be meeting shortly to discuss the policy, legal and financial implications and the mechanisms required to effect transfer. ”
Could this be interpreted as a “don’t know”?