CAMPAIGNERS looking for land to grow fruit and vegetables have reminded Moray Council of its obligations.
Members of Elgin Allotment Association wheeled a barrow containing potatoes, turnips and flowers from Wards Road to the local authority’s headquarters on Wednesday.
Convener Stewart Cree was presented with a scroll outlining the council’s responsibilty to provide allotments if there was demand for them.
Scottish Government legislation states that if six people within a particular area request ground for growing, the council has to give it full consideration.
Richard Hartland, corporate director of environmental services for the local authority, has taken personal responsibility for the issue, and has met with representatives of the allotment group.
Around half a dozen areas in the town have been identified by council estates staff as potentially suitable locations. The allotments group now has to select their three preferred areas.
Rebecca Kail said this week’s gesture was symbolic and a gentle reminder to the council of its responsibilities.
She added: “It has been a long time trying to get allotments for Elgin. We are hoping that things are ready to proceed.
“Things have been happening in small stages, and we are hoping that more people will become aware of it.
“It has taken six years to get to this point.”
Councillor Cree said the allotments in his home town in Keith were proving to be successful.
“There have been several sites identified as possible locations,” he added.
“There should be an appropriate place surely in Elgin for allotments.”