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Plot holders encourage allotment price hike re-think
1:08pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
COLCHESTER Council must re-think increasing rent on allotment plots or risk holders leaving in their droves, it has been warned.
Rent prices are set to go up by about 40 per cent in the next five years, from £87.50 per plot this year to £125 in 2018/19.
Sally Young, a spokeswoman for Colchester’s plot holders, warned: “We understand the financial constraints which are in place, but what about the members’ financial constraints?
“Some of us who have an allotment will be priced out.
“We are particularly worried about elderly people who have allotments will be most affected and their expertise and knowledge will be lost.
“There is a discrepancy between what is charged in Colchester and what is charged elsewhere and Colchester is one of the highest we have seen.”
Anne Feltham, borough councillor for communities and leisure services, who is responsible for the 1,100 allotment plots across the borough, said a full debate on the increases will take place at a scrutiny panel meeting on November 12.
Mrs Young spoke during a full meeting of Colchester Council last night.
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