Allotment holders in Poole who have devoted years to their plots face having to give them up as part of a council shake-up.Because it’s far too difficult to simply find some more land suitable for allotments and build new ones to meet this increased demand. Also to raise prices on second, third, fourth allotments to fund this.
With more than 900 people on the allotment waiting list, multiple plot owners will be asked to choose which one they want to keep.
No, socialism demands that those who have been judged to have too much of a precious resource should simply be forced to give it up - for the greater good.
Frank Court, chairman of the Alder Farm allotments, said: “People can spend about £200-£300 a year on their plots and these are just going to be passed on to someone else.Well, quite. After all, we can’t rely on this global warming to make it easier, can we?
“The fear is people see gardening shows on TV and fancy a go, but then will give them up after a few months once they get bored.”
The council has offered multiple owners, many of whom have worked their land for decades, the olive branch of a year’s free rent on the plot they choose to keep. Cllr Neil Sorton, the council’s cabinet member for leisure, said he wanted to support both new growers and current plot holders.But he clearly didn’t want to have to do any work towards that. Not when robbing those who are judged to ‘have’ in order to give to the ‘have nots’ is easier…
“People are increasingly looking to grow their own food,” said Cllr Sorton.If there really is land available for new plots, why not try that first?
“The new policy will help manage future allocation as fairly as possible and provide a commitment to help secure new plots to meet growing demand.”
Although most people with multiple plots took them on when demand was low, the council said it now had to address the increased call for households to grow their own produce.Plus, of course, grow their own little crop of revenue-providers:
In another blow to current holders, rents will also be increased as part of the shake-up.More inspections = more council staff, right?
Other changes include dividing plots to increase the number available for new tenants and tightening up inspections.