First of all, a big thank you to everyone who signed the petition so far.
Second, after much careful thought, I have decided to suspend the petition for the moment.
There are a number of reasons for this decision though I'd like to keep those to myself for the time being.
The support you have given Jim has been fantastic and it is now time to let the dust settle and see where things go from here.
Any further updates will appear at savejimsallotment.co.uk and/or in the save jims allotment facebook group.
Jim Harvey, a 76 year old resident of Buckland Brewer in Devon, has been threatened with notice to quit his allotment by Buckland Brewer parish council.
Jim has tended his allotment for seven years and has taken on two others, when asked to by the council, so that these did not revert to wilderness.
In 2007, Jim applied to the council to erect a polytunnel to help him supply his extended family with organic produce throughout the year. Even though planning permission was not required, the council refused Jim’s request and, at the time, gave no reasons for its decision.
Later in the year, Jim erected a polythene covered greenhouse. In response, the council demand that he remove the ‘unauthorised structure’. Yet, the greenhouse did not require planning permission nor did the council have powers to regulate the erection of ‘structures’ on the allotments. This is because neither Jim nor any other allotmenteer had signed a tenancy agreement specifying terms and conditions.
Jim has refused to comply with the council’s demand, because it had no power to make such a demand.
Effective 1 March 2008, the council imposed terms and conditions on allotment holders, including a requirement to seek permission to erect ‘structures’. As the term ‘structure’ is not defined, it could, in theory, mean beanpoles, cold frames or scarecrows. But, the transparent aim was to get Jim to remove his greenhouse.
The council is now attempting to use the new tenancy agreement retrospectively to evict Jim and voted to serve notice to quit.
We the undersigned request that Buckland Brewer parish council reverse its decision of 14 May 2008 to serve Jim Harvey notice to quit his allotment.
The Save Jim's allotment petition to Buckland Brewer parish council was written by Pete McClymont and is in the category Local Government at GoPetition.