KEEN gardener Jim Harvey is locked in a bitter dispute with his parish council over a polythene greenhouse he has built on his allotment. He says he has been told to remove it, or he will be given notice to quit. Buckland Brewer parish council first refus
KEEN gardener Jim Harvey is locked in a bitter dispute with his parish council over a polythene greenhouse he has built on his allotment.He says he has been told to remove it, or he will be given notice to quit.Buckland Brewer parish council first refused Mr Harvey's request to put up a poly tunnel several months ago.So, instead, the 76-year-old built the makeshift greenhouse in the corner of his allotment, which the council says infringes its recently introduced rules on allowable structures.There have been disagreements at parish council meetings and five members have been reported to the Standards Board for England, which decided to take no action.Mr Harvey, a widower who spends most of his time on his allotment, appealed for help to the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners Ltd.And its legal consultant, Bryn Pugh, has told the council that its rules are unenforceable due to provisions in the Allotments Act of 1950 and the Town and Country Planning Act of 1990He told the Gazette: "In law, there was no requirement for Mr Harvey to seek permission to put up a shed, a greenhouse or a poly tunnel on the plot in the first place."And any attempt to take it down would fall foul of both the criminal and civil law," he claimedMr David Lloyd, the chairman of Buckland Brewer parish council, said the polythene greenhouse contravened the council's rules, which Mr Harvey signed up to."I don't know why he won't accept the decision. The parish council is required by law to administer allotments and the rules we have drawn up are not very different from the model rules advocated by the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners Limited," he said"We have written to Mr Harvey asking him to clean up the allotment and we expect to see an improvement. If he doesn't take down the structure, he will eventually be asked to leave the site."We don't want to be unreasonable, but you can't have someone ignoring the rules."The council is due to discuss the situation next Wednesday.