Glasgow Labour MSP Anne McTaggart has called on members of the public who have experience of allotments and community food growing to have their say on the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill.
The Bill aims to empower community bodies through ownership of land and strengthening their voices on decision making, and by increasing the pace and scale of public service reform.
It is currently being scrutinised by the Local Government and Regeneration Committee, which Ms McTaggart is a member of. They are paying close attention to the community growing aspects of the Bill and Ms McTaggart is taking the lead on this issue. She is therefore keen for individuals and groups who have experience of allotments and community food growing, including those who have found it difficult to acquire an allotment, to come forward and voice their views on the Bill.
Ms McTaggart said “This Bill is a real opportunity for the public to become more involved in the futures of their local communities, giving them the right to make changes for the better at grassroots level. It’s really important that people provide feedback to the Committee on the issue of allotments and community food growing as it’s a key part of the Bill so I would encourage as many people as possible to do so.”
The questions the Committee would like feedback on are:
- What are the benefits of having access to an allotment?
- What other types of spaces could be used to grow food and plants?
- How could a food-growing plan assist you?
You can let the Committee know your views using the following methods:
Telephone: 0131 348 6040
Address: Local Government and Regeneration Committee
The Scottish Parliament,
Twitter: @SP_LocalGov #spgrowingcommunity