Edwinstowe gears up for allotment poll

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Parishioners are being urged to go to the polls this week to help resolve a power struggle over village allotments.

The parish poll in Edwinstowe - thought to be only the second ever in the region - will take place this Thursday, 11th September, in an effort to end the dispute between the parish council and the village allotment association and who should have control of the Ollerton Road site.

Both parties have been at loggerheads since the council proposed to take over the administration of the allotments, following complaints about the behaviour of some plot holders.

The move angered the allotment association, who said they had dealt with the situation and did not welcome the interference.

Now people are being urged to vote in the matter, which is costing the parish between £1,500 and £2,000 to organise.

Allotment association supporters launched a campaign at the weekend to highlight the issue and improve the turnout at the polling station.

A stall was even set up at and more than 2,000 leaflets were distributed to houses.

Allotment association supporter, Sheila Norton, said: “We launched our campaign to try to make the poll successful, dozens of names were added to the petition, there were lots of pledges of support for the poll and a great deal of interest by some who had not realised that there was an issue until they saw us there.”

Records show that only one other such poll has been held within the Newark & Sherwood District Council area before, in Newark, when only 3.8 per cent of the electorate voted on green belt matters.

There is also controversy over the validity of such polls, with both the council and the allotment supporters aware that the result of the vote is not legally binding, and even a unanimous victory will not guarantee an end to the matter.

The polling station will be open from 4pm to 9pm on Thursday, at Edwinstowe Village Hall on Mansfield Road.

There are no polling cards and residents over 18 who live in Edwinstowe simply need to turn up and vote for or against the parish council taking control of the allotments.