Kendal councillors vote for allotment rent increase

ALLOTMENT holders in Kendal will pay more for their plots from next year.

Town councillors voted for a five per cent rent increase when they met tonight because of rising repair and labour costs.

An annual minimum rent of £26 will also be payable from 2012 to cover admin costs.

Tenants used to pay £26 but some were only being charged £15 because rents for 2011 have been based on plots’ square metre measurement, instead of ratings of small, medium or large as was previously the case.

The increase was imposed because the current income being gleaned was considered ‘unsustainable’ in terms of administration.

Town clerk, Liz Richardson, reported that income in 2011 was £19,000 – around 95 per cent of the £20,000 budget.

Former Kendal Mayor and chairman of the council’s allotments committee, John Veevers, said the council was faced with ‘serious cost increases’.

He added: “Effectively, it’s not an increase to us, we are just trying to catch up with the ground we have lost.”

There are currently 138 people on an allotment waiting list in the town, even after the allocation of 56 plots since the start of the year.

Coun Veevers said that although the council had not yet identified any new sites, it was looking to.

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1:10pm Tue 4 Oct 11

Westmorlander says...

Wandering around the allotments in Kendal, it’s quite obvious some of the plots are not “worked” to their full potential. Some seem to be double or even treble the size of normal plots, why don't the council consider splitting up these badly managed plots and give the enthusiastic people on the waiting list a chance grow their own crops?
Wandering around the allotments in Kendal, it’s quite obvious some of the plots are not “worked” to their full potential. Some seem to be double or even treble the size of normal plots, why don't the council consider splitting up these badly managed plots and give the enthusiastic people on the waiting list a chance grow their own crops? Westmorlander

9:32pm Wed 5 Oct 11

BentheBorderCollie says...

It says "rents for 2011 have been based on plots’ square metre measurement" so there's now a financial incentive for people not to hang on to a plot that's bigger than they need...
It says "rents for 2011 have been based on plots’ square metre measurement" so there's now a financial incentive for people not to hang on to a plot that's bigger than they need... BentheBorderCollie

9:32pm Wed 5 Oct 11

BentheBorderCollie says...

It says "rents for 2011 have been based on plots’ square metre measurement" so there's now a financial incentive for people not to hang on to a plot that's bigger than they need...
It says "rents for 2011 have been based on plots’ square metre measurement" so there's now a financial incentive for people not to hang on to a plot that's bigger than they need... BentheBorderCollie

5:44am Fri 7 Oct 11

life cycle too says...

I am told that during the war, all manner of plots were used to grow vegetables.

Are there no other locations or unused land that could be given over to cultivation?
I feel certain that the council could find some if the government gave a grant towards it, so why can they not enlist the help of SLDC and take more time to consider this while the government cannot/wont act?
I am told that during the war, all manner of plots were used to grow vegetables. Are there no other locations or unused land that could be given over to cultivation? I feel certain that the council could find some if the government gave a grant towards it, so why can they not enlist the help of SLDC and take more time to consider this while the government cannot/wont act? life cycle too

3:03pm Wed 12 Oct 11

davidharry says...

The allotments to the side of the cycle track on the old canal bed have been subjected to a sustained campaign of vandalism over the past few months. Several greenhouses have been smashed up on separate occasions resulting in at least one tenant contemplating demolishing his altogether.I am not sure what satisfaction these individuals get from these criminal acts but unfortunately it is causing a lot of stress and grief to affected plot holders in their 'leisure time'. Just to rub salt in the wounds an increase in rents is proposed on top of the massive hike last year.
The allotments to the side of the cycle track on the old canal bed have been subjected to a sustained campaign of vandalism over the past few months. Several greenhouses have been smashed up on separate occasions resulting in at least one tenant contemplating demolishing his altogether.I am not sure what satisfaction these individuals get from these criminal acts but unfortunately it is causing a lot of stress and grief to affected plot holders in their 'leisure time'. Just to rub salt in the wounds an increase in rents is proposed on top of the massive hike last year. davidharry

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