Allotment prices in Bexley to rise to nearly £100 by 2019 - find out more here
PUBLISHED: 10:30 15 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:52 15 November 2017
The council has published prices for the next three years
The cost of an allotment plot is set to rise to more than £100 for certain users in the next two years, the council has revealed.
Green fingered residents face digging out up to £30 more to keep hold of their plots until 2020 - with owners from outside of the borough facing even bigger increases.
New prices set out by the council will see plot holders from outside Bexley pay £80 for a 250m2 plot from January 1, with that cost rising up to £115 in October 2019.
Joe Ferreira, shadow cabinet member for community safety, environment and leisure, said: “Bexley’s allotments are incredibly popular and the health benefits for users are well-known.
“Sadly, the raising of allotment fees is yet another example of the council being forced into raising fees and charges for local residents after years of cuts to its core funding from this Tory government.”
A change in the length of a charge will see prices drop from the £80 fee for 12 months, charged in 2017
For borough residents, the cost of a plot at the start of 2018 will be £65 for a full 250m2 plot and £32.50 for a half plot, to last them until September 2018.
By then the figures will jump to an annual cost of £90 and £45, rising again a year later, by which time members will have to dig out £47.50 a year for a half plot, and £95 for a full plot to last them until autumn 2020 - a rise of 46 per cent in less than two years.
Bexley council owns 35 allotment sites in the borough, five of which operate under delegated management - meaning the allotment can set its own charges and pay the council a levy for maintenance.
With costs rising, a spokesperson from the council defended its pricing, saying: “Bexley’s allotment sites offer a great opportunity for gardeners and many sites enjoy facilities ranging from water supply and parking to a trading hut, where plot holders can purchase gardening supplies.
“From October 2018 an allotment plot of 250m2 in Bexley at full rate would cost £90, a 50 per cent concession on these charges is available for those over the age of 60 years or in receipt of a government benefit. Bexley continues to provide some of the of the lowest allotment rental charges in London and each year the charges are consulted on with the Bexley Federation of Allotment & Leisure Gardeners before they are put in place.”