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  • squack
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    • 9th Jan 11, 9:36 AM
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    • 9th Jan 11, 9:36 AM
    sounds excessive... we pay £25 per year
  • tsstss7
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    • 9th Jan 11, 10:24 AM
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    • 9th Jan 11, 10:24 AM
    I currently pay 35 for half an allotment and a rubbish shed. they are also talking about quadrupling our fees while also selling off allotment land and saying they are subsiding us !!! (they can't use sale funds for this apparantly) pretty angry about it actually.
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 9th Jan 11, 11:44 AM
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    • 9th Jan 11, 11:44 AM
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    • 9th Jan 11, 11:44 AM
    35 for 10 x 150 feet plot. Private and part of a field. Water supplied and that is all. Gorgeous quiet site with stunning views so very worth it for the recreation value
    Last edited by kittie; 13-01-2011 at 3:41 PM.
  • jellymid
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    • 9th Jan 11, 2:17 PM
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    • 9th Jan 11, 2:17 PM
    £11 for 5m x 25m, including water, last year. I haven't heard yet this year, though.
    • 1jim
    • By 1jim 9th Jan 11, 2:43 PM
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    • 9th Jan 11, 2:43 PM
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    • 9th Jan 11, 2:43 PM
    I guess it depends what you paid last year, if it was £1 and now will be £4 then Id be happy, If you paid £50 and now woul be £200 Id be miffed. We paid £60ish last year in South Notts
  • ermitsme
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    • 9th Jan 11, 3:12 PM
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    • 9th Jan 11, 3:12 PM
    North East Lincs.
    Carr Lane.
    Size 0.250 Rood.
    Water £15:40p.
    Rent £43:93p
    This includes a 50 % reduction for being over 60.
  • cootambear
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    • 9th Jan 11, 4:42 PM
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    • 9th Jan 11, 4:42 PM
    someones got to subsidise the banks
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    • Linda32
    • By Linda32 9th Jan 11, 7:39 PM
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    • 9th Jan 11, 7:39 PM
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    • 9th Jan 11, 7:39 PM

    We're in Leicester and rent of the local parish council (if that makes any difference)

    I'm sure we have a full plot, for which we pay £17.50 a year. Its gone up from £14.50 over the last 5 years. So not a great lot by any means.

    We pay for water, which could never be covered by the amount collected from all the plots as its a small size, so must be covered by the council as well.
    • angelavdavis
    • By angelavdavis 9th Jan 11, 11:00 PM
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    I have a 9 rod plot and pay £35 per year which includes £22.50 water rates and a full and associate membership to the allotment society. I am in East Sussex.
    Thanks to MSE, I am mortgage free!
  • Poosmate
    I'm sure there was a thread on this last year. I'll try to dig it out.

    Excuse the pun, wasn't intentional!



    Aahh, here it is (from October last year): +hike&page=2
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  • Tr1pp
    I pay £40 a year for a 250sqft (think is sqft, maybe sq meters?)

    anyway, council will be bumping the price up by an extra £5, I live in kent

    unless you pay peanuts then quadrupling sounds a bit excessive to me
    • kittie
    • By kittie 10th Jan 11, 8:33 AM
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    but why should joe public be subsidising allotment holders?
    Last edited by kittie; 10-01-2011 at 1:54 PM.
  • parkey
    Years ago allotments were unfashionable and councils were just glad to get them rented out even if the rent was peanuts.

    Now there are huge waiting list, simple economics of supply and demand means that councils are now in a poistion of being able to increase rent charges.

    This asside if you do a quick rental increase based on the retail price index from the year the rent you are on was introduced I think that you will find that the increase councils are proposing is actually quiet realistic.

    For allotments with water, security fences, car parking areas and grass area which the council mows, plus having a memeber of staff dealing with allotment holders enquiries. I know from experience that not many councils actually cover the cost of their allotments from the allotment fee alone.

    Worked out on a weekly basis the rent is pences. Think of how much pleaseure you get from your allotment - I think it is worth a lot more and rental increases are completely justified and need to be brought in line with other services provided by councils.
  • littlechezza
    We pay around £30 a year but as the allotment is part of a local nature park this is a family pass for there so I guess the allotment is free.
    It is a starters plot and there are several around us but this has been perfect for us, I think so many people like the idea of the allotment and then take on too big an area and it is too much for them.
    We will have the chance to have a bigger plot eventually but we are quite taken with our little patch of land so may just keep that.
    Not sure if the price will go up this year but we haven't had any notification as of yet.
  • jellymid
    Have just had notification through, and our fees will stay at £11 this year.

    If this had been quadrupled to £44 it would still be in line with many other posts here, however, I would expect a bit more from the parish council for my money, eg some waste disposal facility, better maintenance of pathways etc

    The conditions have changed a bit though and we will have to get rid of the old carpet that we have around our shed, waterbutts and compost bins though...only commercial weed supressent allowed hence forth. It will be hard work but probably needed attention this year anyway
  • GreenFly
    £25 in south wales
  • valk_scot
    £11 for a full plot (?) is ridiculously low. My rent is £20 for a full plot (80' x 40') and that's still silly, given that a full plot one mile away in the next council area costs £60. We were talking about rent rises in the committee last month as we suspect our council will up the rent next lease renewal (we're a self managed site, leased from the council) and we were thinking about what would be reasonable and what might need disputed. Our rental hasn't actually gone up in the last 10 years! We eventually decided that anything up to a £50 per plot would be considered acceptable, given that this worked out as £1 per week rental, and that we would phase it in over two rent years if necessary.(We'd get a year's notice of any increase.)

    After all, £1 a week is sod all, considering. We don't get any works or support done by our council btw, unless we can sweet talk it out of the Parks Department and they have some community service folk needing something to do. We're self managed otherwise and do our own maintenence. We're regarded as a model allotment in our area, btw.
  • janeawej
    Hi, I run a private allotment site on my smallholding in Cornwall, I charge £100 a year for a full plot 30x90 feet most other private sites charge the same around here
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  • Little Miss Determined
    I never realised how cheap they were! People pay over £30 a month to go to the gym. An allotment will get you just as healthy and you end up with delicious veg.
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