Barrow allotments price hike row may go to court
Last updated at 15:02, Thursday, 26 April 2012
AN allotments campaigner has contacted a solicitor and could launch court action after rents doubled.
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It's not about the rise, it's how the rise is applied. As for people having more than one plot, well, these stalwarts, like Eric, have held plots from a time when others didn't want them. The council couldn't give them away! Now allotments are trendy, there are plenty of people who take a romantic view of "grow your own". Truth be told, they wont last 2 seasons away from the comfort of their Sky box!
Allotments are a recreational facility provided by the council, just like bowling greens, tennis courts, and swimming pools. For a council to raise revenue by increasing charges for one facility at a much greater rate than the others is discriminatory, as judges have ruled in previous cases where this has gone to court.This is widely known in allotment circles following Alex Mullins' case earlier this year, but some councils are pressing on with planned increases anyway, hoping that the prospect of large legal bills will deter allotment holders from making a stand. How many more cases will there need to be before councils start respecting the law?
@lorraine edmondsonThese chaps have enough time to maintain 5 allotments that a 'few' people get to enjoy - why not pass some of these skills onto the younger generation or maintain some of the public areas in the town - something that benefits the many - rather than the few?