Hyndburn Council Information

Allotments in Hyndburn

The Allotments pages of the Hyndburn Council's Website provides both general information and information specific to the Baxenden Ley Allotment Site

pdf "A Plot Holders Guide" provide useful advice in relation to allotments

pdf "Allotment Plan" - Ley Allotment Site, Baxenden

pdf "Application Form" for an allotment within the Borough

pdf "Tenant Complaint Form" for an allotment within the Borough

pdf "Tenants Work Request Form" for an allotment within the Borough

pdf "New Draft Allotment Rules" for an allotment within the Borough

pdf "New Draft Allotment Guidelines" for an allotment within the Borough

pdf  Sample tenancy agreement

pdf  Allotment Charges 2013

 

These and other documents may be downloaded from Hyndburn Borough Councils Allotment Download Website

 

 

New Allotments Officer

Q. A resident had queried why her position on the allotments list had not changed

A. The Area Council Manager reported that following the appointment of a new Allotments Officer and the introduction of a rolling programme to improve allotments, changes to the Baxenden Allotment Sites had resulted in the resident having moved up three places since July 2009 to second on the waiting list. Two plots were to become available and she would be offered one of them. The Area Council Manager read out the reply provided by the Allotments Officer

 

... extracted from Baxenden Area Management Council Minutes 22 Sep 2009

 

Save Our Allotments

Hyndburn Council Development Committee have recently put forward plans for transferring land around the town into areas of "Special Constraint". This is to identify land for possible future housing development between the years of 2006 and 2011

A total of 1100 houses are required around various sites in Hyndburn , one of these sites being land which is presently used as smallholdings/allotments at Ley St/Hill St Baxenden. The land in question adjoins Hill St / Victoria Avenue to an area behind the recreation ground

The total size is 3.5 Hectares which will be built on at the rate of 25 houses per hectare i.e a total of approximately 88 houses. Obviously these are only proposals and are not set in concrete but the fact that the Council are considering building in this part of Baxenden has raised a furore amongst residents

Not only will these proposals cause a number of allotment holders to be turned off their land but it will deprive the general public of the pleasure they get especially in taking children to see all the animals that are reared in the different 'pens'. Where else in Hyndburn can children see a mixture of goats, sheep, cows, geese, hens, horses etc - all in a relatively small area

The building of houses would deprive the public of this pleasure and would turn this area of Baxenden into one more overgrown housing estate

We owe it to our children to see that this land is kept as green belt for their future enjoyment and the enjoyment of future generations. The council should not be allowed to merely draw a line around an area on a map and say "we will build there ..." After all, who pays the Council - surely it is the ratepayers of Hyndburn - they should be working for us and not against us

What is particularly galling is the way the Council have gone about these proposals. No doubt they have fulfilled all their legal requirements in notification of the proposals but what about their moral obligations? If a resident wants to build a conservatory in his garden he has to approach the Council for planning approval. The Council then write to neighbours to ensure there are no objections before approval is given

Did the Council do such a thing when it considered it's own proposals? NO IT DID NOT! The least they could have done is to write to the residents of Hill St and also to the tenants of the land to notify them of the proposals. After all, the tenants on the land are tenants of the Council - surely there was a moral obligation for the tenants to be notified

It appears that the way these proposals have been approached is to 'slip them in' with as little fuss as possible and then at a later date say it is too late for objections

Other items of concern are the road access to the development site - the roads around Hill St / Hollins Lane/Manchester Rd are already overcrowded. Another 88 houses will treble the amount of traffic

There is also concern regarding schooling. There are no available schools in the area - the Council's reply to this is that there is room in Accrington schools. Their official statement is that it is in the 'catchment area'. Rubbish ... what parent wants to see their children having to travel down main roads every day - too far to walk - so again transport congestion. This would be from the age of 4 or 5 years as primary school pupils

The point is that this land was designated as green belt - it should remain so. Let us have some breathing space in the middle of the already overdeveloped Baxenden area. The Council will say that this is only a minimal encroachment on to green belt land - but any encroachment is an outrage and must be prevented

Residents of Baxenden and allotment holders met on 1st October 1996. The object of the meeting was to form a committee to formally protest to the Council about their objections

 

... extracted from an article on the Cambridge Allotments Network - 1996