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Paulh

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Deposits at allotment sites
« on: May 18, 2024, 12:22:48 »
New plotholders have to pay a deposit on our council sites which is returned when they give up the plot if the plot is left in good order. It is currently 25 which does not cover the council's costs by a long way in most cases.

What amount do other sites charge? What might be reasonable - the council is suggesting 150 or even 250. This would affect new plotholders only, so it may be more a question of whether anyone would be put off and there is a small waiting list currently.

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lezelle

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Re: Deposits at allotment sites
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2024, 14:35:30 »
Hi Ya, we are experiencing similar problems on our site. You don't have lay a deposit or anything. The onus is usually on the person vacating the plot. The one next to me was given up 4 months ago and though the council have people interested in taking a plot on the weed problem is horrendous. I can see why some people have looked at it but so far no takers. I can't blame them as it's a mess and is affecting me as with the weather problems they weeds are seeding and flowering readily all over and growing huge. They could give new clients a 6 months free period to get it round. On the site there is strawberries, comfry, that is a big pain in the backside, aparagus, and I have witnessed people helping themselves, apple and plum trees, they have been there 20 years I noe, also red and white grapes. 2 compost bins full. The sheds have been removed do no sheds. I don't understand but the council seem to have their hands tied somewhat in order to carry on. It's not the only plot as further up the site there are more plots the same. I think people take them on then find they need time and hard graft. I was always under the impression that who gave them up would be liable to leaving them in a stable condition. Still I have my plot and it keeps me active and happy. Take care all.

Tiny Clanger

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Re: Deposits at allotment sites
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2024, 13:39:21 »
It would definitely put me off. Sounds like they are cutting their own throats. Do they want to kill off your site for housing?
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Paulh

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Re: Deposits at allotment sites
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2024, 22:09:29 »
It would be ironic if they were because the Lib Dems who now control the council won a parliamentary by-election here (almost the safest Tory seat then) a few years ago partly on the Nimby vote (plus anti-HS2, hate Brexit and get lost Boris).

The council have got stung with the cost of clearing rubbish from various plots. As other association members have said to me, the answer is to enforce the lease more rigorously. Unfortunately, a few years ago, when the council did that, the tenant won a county court case for compensation for fruit bushes and crops that may have been largely imaginary!


lezelle

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Re: Deposits at allotment sites
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2024, 07:34:01 »
mmmmmm Know what you mean Tiny Clanger, but that is another topic as they are building like mad. Well not building but assembling as they arrive on Lorries and are just bolted together. They have so many problems due to all the housing, traffic, water, sewage etc. Our sitw is protected as the previous rich owners gave it to the town as long as it was used only as green area. However I see them building on other areas. Another interesting subject.

 

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