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03/10/2012 at 13:39

Hi guys, I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this but here goes: The site I have an allotment on is due to become self-managed. One of the new rulings that the new committee (they're the same old committee just with new powers) is trying to impose is that plots can only be 5 or 10 rods, which is fine for newcomers, however, they wish those current plot holders who don't conform to their new ruling to change their plots. I have 7.5 rods which was issued to me from the council, I didn't ask for this size I was just given it and was very grateful and I love it. I am now being told to either give up 2.5 rods or take on a further 2.5 rods and obviously the rent that goes with that. I don't wish to take on the extra space and I also don't want to lose any of my current plot. My question is: can they do this to existing plot holders? Does my agreement/contract with the council mean anything now. Any help will be appreciated.

03/10/2012 at 15:35

If a business changes hands the existing t&c's would have to apply for a set period at the end of which new negotiations would take place.  If your contract states a size I don't believe that they could change your plot size without your consent.

03/10/2012 at 17:16

Thanks MuddyFork. I was originally told that the plot I've got could only be 7.5 rods due to a brook running at the back of it but I haven't got that in writing and the person next to me has extended his to the full 10 rods, that's probably where they've got the idea from. Any idea how I approach them with this?

03/10/2012 at 17:27

I would get the other holders together and get their view's-surely it is run for the benefit of the users not the committee?

I wonder also about the practicalities of taking away part of you plot?- are there established paths in between--is there going to be an odd 2.5 area that no-one wants?-how can you extend into a brook?

 

03/10/2012 at 19:51

Hello, I don't have an allottment, but is this a peroid of consultation before the new commitee takes over? Or has it happened already? It seems very strange to me that if you have an existing agreement/contract with the council that this can be changed with out due proper consultation with other plot holders who are going to be directly affected not only on a practical level but on a finacial one as well. If you have any paperwork/contract of when you took over the plot that will certainly strengthen any arguement that you may wish to bring. Even if it's not that detailed- the longer the contract you have, will be in your favour.

I agree- there is strength in numbers- maybe get some consensus of  opinion from other plot holders. It really depends on how much time & energy you want to devote to this. Sympathatic to the cause  town/local/county councillors maybe able to help as well.

04/10/2012 at 08:50
Unfortunately there are only 2 plots on the whole site that are 7.5 rods (I don't know which other or why & there are approx 200 plots). Part of me thinks give up the 2.5 cause its hard to cultivate as there is a massive tree on one side and it floods every year but the other part of me is really annoyed that the committee just impose their rules & expect you to comply. I'm going to have to give this some thought. Thanks for your responses.
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