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Allotment plot rents to rise by 42 per cent within five years
2:37pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
ALLOTMENT plot holders are set to see a 42 per cent increase in their rent over the next five years.
The increase is part of a review into Colchester Council’s income from plots, which it wants to increase.
The council runs 1,100 plots over 19 sites and this year, it is projected it will spend £55,900 in managing the sites and there is a shortfall of £36,100.
It means residents who have a 250m2 full-sized plot will see an increase in rent from £87.50 this year to £125 in 2018/19 - an increase of 42 per cent.
Plot holders are charged by the m2, including for water use. At the moment, it is 32p, but will rise to 50p by 2018/19.
Water charges will kept under review and could increase, but it is hoped plot holders will be encouraged to conserve water to keep rents down.
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