Green fingered allotment holders from around Greenwich are planning to fight against the council's plans to increase their fees.
A £21m package of cuts and savings recently unveiled by Greenwich Council includes a steep price hike for gardeners and growers at the borough's 18 allotments - 2 of which are in SE10.
Allotments are measured in size using a system called "rods". Prices currently vary between £3.50 and £8.50 per rod but the new costs will be £20 per rod in 2011/12 and £25 per by 2013/14. Allotment holders from outside of the borough will pay double.
One allotment owner told Greenwich.co.uk that the net result of the changes is that his allotment will rise from £67 per year to £200.
A spokesperson for the allotment holders commented “Allotments foster a sense of community among diverse nationalities and income groups. They should not be priced to appeal only to the rich. They help keep older people healthier and happier - thus probably saving money on the Council's social services budget. The Council is sending out the wrong message”.
Representatives from the allotment holders are planning to be a thorn in the council's side over the proposals, and will be attending a meeting at the town hall on Thursday night (20th) to raise their concerns.
There's a long waiting list for allotments and the council no longer accepts applications from non-residents because of the strong demand.