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Allotment plots divided after residents have 10 year wait in some parts of Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 12:45 13 September 2018

Gardeners at the Loxford Lane allotments, Ilford. Picture Steve Poston.

Gardeners at the Loxford Lane allotments, Ilford. Picture Steve Poston.

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Redbridge Council is dividing allotment spaces in half to meet demand after residents have to wait a decade in some parts of the borough to acquire one.

Planting enthusiasts in South Woodford hoping to get a patch at Lincoln Road have to endure a waiting list of up to 10 years and if you add your name today, there are 54 other residents ahead of you.

The picture is not much brighter is you were hoping for one of the plots in Broadmead Road, Woodford Green.

The site run by Vision RCL has no vacant plots and has a waiting list of five years.

The biggest allotment in the borough is in South Woodford on Chigwell Road and it has 176 plots, with 16 on the waiting list.

Redbridge Council said when a space becomes available they will divide the land in two to meet the demand.

“Allotment gardening is becoming a growing passion and currently we have over 240 people on the waiting list,” a council spokesman said.

“The amount of time it takes to secure an allotment at each site relates to the numbers waiting, available plots and how often they are vacated.

“This means the average wait might be 18 months on one site but longer on others.

“To help reduce the waiting time we are cutting the size of plots in half when they become available, allowing twice as many gardeners to share the same space.”

There are some sites with space available and at Redbridge Lane North allotments, Wanstead there are 10 out of 164 plots free.

However, it still boosts up to a three-year wait and there are 24 people already in the queue to get their green-fingered hands on them.

Loxford Lane allotments, Staines Road, Ilford also has space with six vacant plots out of a total number of 146.

But again there are 46 people on the waiting list with a two to five-year wait to get to the top.

“We do not accept applications to be on the waiting list from people living outside the borough,” the council spokesman added. 


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