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Craigentinny & Telferton Allotments - History and Timeline

1923 - Established by local man on land rented from Edinburgh Corporation Electricity Service. Association named, committee formed, and constitution established.


1925 - Bank account opened for association


1931 - Sale of vegetables to raise funds for Royal Infirmary Extension Appeal


1931 - Provision of plots to unemployed, rents waived


1932 - Benevolent Fund set up to give financial assistance to unemployed members for supplies and seeds


1934 - 10 members receive grants from Benevolent Fund


1939 - Yearly tenancy for site preferred, rather than Council ownership


1946 - Post war government and local authorities actively encourage allotments


1948 - Site now owned by British Electricity Authority


1948 - Council intervenes to cancel quit notices received by plot holders


1949 - Committee discusses the benefits of organic growing


1955 - Become members of FEDAGA


1967 - Site now owned by South of Scotland Electricity Board


1975 - Annual fees set at 30p per plot with discount for pensioners


1978 - Waiting list increases prompting discussions on restricting allocation of plots to those living locally


1982 - Scottish Development Agency (SDA) take over the ownership of site


1982 - Fees increase from £1.10 to £9 to cover annual rent of £400 to SDA


1987 - Allotments granted further lease of 5 years by SDA


1990 - VAT charged on rent


1992 - Land sold to Caledonian Land


1992 - Caledonian Land lease land for 3 years at yearly cost of £800 + £250 management fee + vat


1995 - Termination notice given, after intervention from local MP further lease granted till Nov 1996


1997 - CEC first meetings with plotholders to discuss purchasing the site


1997 - Rents paid to Caledonian Land and lease extended to November


1997 - Land sold to Bett Homes (Gladedale Ltd)


1998 - Planning application submitted by Bett Homes refused by CEC


1999 - Appeal to Scottish Reporter finds in favour of retaining site as allotments


2000 - Council make offer to purchase site for £75,000 which is declined


2000 - Two plot holders, Kirsty and Paul, get married on their plot


2003 - CEC still involved in negotiations with land owner to purchase site


2007 - Gladedale’s application to CEC to have the site’s designated allocation as allotments changed for housing development is refused


2009 - Appeal to Scottish Reporter finds in favour of allotments


2010 - Craigentinny & Telferton Allotments becomes a registered charity and limited company


2013 - Avant Homes (Gladedale) applies to City of Edinburgh Council for removal of designated open space protection in proposed LDP


2014 - Avant Homes meet with committee to view site


2015 - June CEC reaffirm protected open space designation and LDP is sent to Scottish Reporter for examination


2015 - Consultation is held with plot holders and local residents to gather views on future of site


2015 - Certificate of Lawfulness awarded by CEC recognising established use of site as allotments under planning law


2016 - City of Edinburgh Council refuses Avant Homes' planning application, recognising the site is more valuable to the community as allotments and open space








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