Steering group for allotments to be formed next year says Market Rasen Council

More than a dozen residents have written to Market Rasen Town Council about allotments. EMN-191115-105614001
More than a dozen residents have written to Market Rasen Town Council about allotments. EMN-191115-105614001

Allotment spaces are set to become a reality for residents next year, according to 
Market Rasen Town Council.

In a statement, town clerk Faye-Lambkin Smith said: “A meeting is being arranged in the new year, to form a steering group for allotments in Market Rasen.”

Addressing fellow councillors at this month’s meeting, Councillor Stephen Bunney said: “A member of the public has written in.

“We have a duty to look for after allotments and actually we have a duty to provide them if we can find the space.

“Clearly using a part of our parks is a possibility.

“There are lots of issues with having allotments at Mill Road Playing Field for example.

“You’ve got the skate park and people playing there.”

Coun Bunney mentioned using a part of Bell Playing Field but acknowledged that may be difficult as the park is held in trust.

Coun Bunney said: “There are other areas of land in town which are 
confidential for this moment.

“I do think that we are at a point now where we are
 seriously looking at being able to move forward with some sort of allotment provision in the town if we can get a group together.

“So I think the proposal needs to be that those
interested need to get together and have a 
meeting and form a group to see what they would want/where it could be and discuss with them various responsibilities.

“There is a financial 
element to allotments.

“There is no legal requirement to provide water but if you do provide it, you can charge.

“Allotments don’t seem to bring in a lot of money but at the same time, the 
spaces would be going on public 
agricultural land as opposed to development land.”

Exploring the potential for a community gardening / 
community allotment project on town council land is 
included in the current three-year plan, adopted by the council last year.

l Market Rasen Town 
Council has now received 17 letters from green-fingered residents.