Anger over allotment plots as Ferndown residents to be given priority

Bournemouth Echo: ‘TERRIBLE NEWS’: Allotment owner Ken Fanner, pictured with his family, is angry over council plans to evict him from his allotment in Longham Allotment Gardens. Picture: Jon Beal ‘TERRIBLE NEWS’: Allotment owner Ken Fanner, pictured with his family, is angry over council plans to evict him from his allotment in Longham Allotment Gardens. Picture: Jon Beal

A DOZEN tenants at Longham Allotment Gardens in Ferndown have been told they will lose their plots.

Many have told of their upset after being given a year’s notice by the town council, who became the new owners of the site on Wednesday.

But the council’s Allotments Association Committee have defended the plans, and said they are legally obliged to give priority to Ferndown residents.

Andrew Allen, whose home is in West Parley, lives just yards away from the sign welcoming visitors to Ferndown, but is set to lose his allotment.

“I can walk to the boundary of the town in about two minutes,” he said.

“I’ve had an allotment there for 10 years. I think they should just let the 12 stay, and draw a line under it.”

Jeff Kirkham, who lives in West Parley, and his father-in-law Roger Castle, of Parkstone, said they were ‘extremely hacked off’, and Mr Castle said he will may seek legal action to fight against the move.

“I want to know if you’re hiding behind the law on this one,” he asked councillors during the meeting.

“Is there any sympathy for us or is it a case of, ‘this is the law, and you’re out’?”

Mr Kirkham said: “What’s another year?

“We’ve got established fruit trees on our allotment. It’s just terrible news for us.”

Ken Fanner has recently moved from Ferndown to Townsend, and has been at his allotment for six years.

“I’m disabled, and my allotment is one of the only things I can get along to do,” he said.

Chairman of the town council committee Cllr Steve Lugg said he owns an allotment at the site, and understands what owners are going through.

He said: “This is not a case of them doing it to us – I am an allotment holder, and I understand how frustrated 12 of you must feel.”

But he said that with a waiting list of more than 100, Ferndown residents must take priority legally. “Ultimately, we spend Ferndown tax-payer’s money on a Ferndown site for Ferndown people, and I make no apology for that,” he said.

The council has spent £72,000 so far on the site, and £10,000 of next year’s budget has been ring-fenced for improvements.

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8:23am Sat 29 Dec 12

Chris the plumber says...

will we soon have "passport controle" as we enter ferndown ? maybe the good burgers of Ferndown would like ferndown people only to shop in ferndown shops ?
will we soon have "passport controle" as we enter ferndown ? maybe the good burgers of Ferndown would like ferndown people only to shop in ferndown shops ? Chris the plumber
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11:02am Sat 29 Dec 12

skydriver says...

Another reason to get rid of councillors who have been in office for far too long they have nothing better to do than look for triva to change around and make the voters upset. We have them here in Christchurch as well.
Another reason to get rid of councillors who have been in office for far too long they have nothing better to do than look for triva to change around and make the voters upset. We have them here in Christchurch as well. skydriver
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7:13pm Sat 29 Dec 12

pete woodley says...

Chris the plumber wrote:
will we soon have "passport controle" as we enter ferndown ? maybe the good burgers of Ferndown would like ferndown people only to shop in ferndown shops ?
I thought that was already the case.A lot of ferndown residents seem to believe they have special rights.
[quote][p][bold]Chris the plumber[/bold] wrote: will we soon have "passport controle" as we enter ferndown ? maybe the good burgers of Ferndown would like ferndown people only to shop in ferndown shops ?[/p][/quote]I thought that was already the case.A lot of ferndown residents seem to believe they have special rights. pete woodley
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5:39pm Wed 2 Jan 13

paul.p says...

I spotted this little snippet from the Mags4dorset website.

Longham Allotment Gardens, owned for decades by the Canford Estate, has recently been purchased by Ferndown Town Council.

The Town Council and the Allotments Association plan to work in partnership to

*improve the site

*make more plots available on areas which now lie vacant.

*“Next year we will begin dividing uncultivated areas into new plots.

*Smaller plots are popular nowadays and this means that more people can get digging.

*“Ferndown residents will have priority.”

Cllr Mrs Jean Read added, “There are over 100 people on our waiting list and it’s been a long wait for many of them. By no means all of them will be able to get an allotment at Longham, but we hope to have at least *one more site ready with *more plots by the end of next year.”

David Edwards, chairman of the Ferndown Allotment Association concluded, “I’m really pleased that some of our members will have a place at Longham for the growing season next year.

So going by what was mentioned above why is there the need to remove existing tenants?
I spotted this little snippet from the Mags4dorset website. Longham Allotment Gardens, owned for decades by the Canford Estate, has recently been purchased by Ferndown Town Council. The Town Council and the Allotments Association plan to work in partnership to *improve the site *make more plots available on areas which now lie vacant. *“Next year we will begin dividing uncultivated areas into new plots. *Smaller plots are popular nowadays and this means that more people can get digging. *“Ferndown residents will have priority.” Cllr Mrs Jean Read added, “There are over 100 people on our waiting list and it’s been a long wait for many of them. By no means all of them will be able to get an allotment at Longham, but we hope to have at least *one more site ready with *more plots by the end of next year.” David Edwards, chairman of the Ferndown Allotment Association concluded, “I’m really pleased that some of our members will have a place at Longham for the growing season next year. So going by what was mentioned above why is there the need to remove existing tenants? paul.p
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3:34pm Fri 18 Jan 13

thatboyagain says...

Ferndown Town Council have taken on neglected unmanaged private allotments and made them statutory. Given the size of the waiting list they are giving priority to those who pay the precept in Ferndown, in accordance with the 1908 Act. Residents in Bournemouth, West Moors and West Parley should be talking to their own councils, not blaming others.
Ferndown Town Council have taken on neglected unmanaged private allotments and made them statutory. Given the size of the waiting list they are giving priority to those who pay the precept in Ferndown, in accordance with the 1908 Act. Residents in Bournemouth, West Moors and West Parley should be talking to their own councils, not blaming others. thatboyagain
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3:35pm Fri 18 Jan 13

thatboyagain says...

skydriver wrote:
Another reason to get rid of councillors who have been in office for far too long they have nothing better to do than look for triva to change around and make the voters upset. We have them here in Christchurch as well.
Is this a serious and rational comment?
[quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: Another reason to get rid of councillors who have been in office for far too long they have nothing better to do than look for triva to change around and make the voters upset. We have them here in Christchurch as well.[/p][/quote]Is this a serious and rational comment? thatboyagain
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