Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Allotments rent rise

THE cost of renting an allotment in Henley could rise by up to 3.66 per cent.

THE cost of renting an allotment in Henley could rise by up to 3.66 per cent.

Liz Jones, the council’s accountant, has recommended an increase of between 2.38 per cent and 3.66 per cent, depending on the size of the plot.

This would mean a 10-pole plot would rise from £41 to £42.50 and from £21 to £21.50 for up to five poles.

But councillors want to know prices of allotments in nearby towns, how many of the allotment slots are currently filled and what users think of the prices before deciding.

Speaking at last Tuesday’s recreation and amenities committee meeting, Councillor Ian Reissmann said: “I have a 10-pole allotment that cost £5 a year in 2003 and now it could go as high as £42.50. We are making a profit out of them at the moment.”



Henley Mayor Lorraine Hillier said: “I would like more information. Historically I have never liked putting up the charges for allotments.”

Councillor David Eggleton added: “If we keep putting prices up we will lose people who use the allotments.”

Any changes, subject to full council approval, would be introduced in September 2016. Allotment holders must have at least a year’s notice.



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