Greenwich Council's Cabinet unanimously agreed price rises for its allotments at a meeting last night at Woolwich Town Hall.
The allotment price hike has been watered down since originally being proposed but the concessions were not enough to win over allotment holders who left the meeting angry, disappointed and with the air turned blue.
It was originally intended that the full rate for residents rise to £20 per rod this year, but the increase will now be phased in over two years following consultations.
The full cost of renting an allotment will go from £6.50 per rod to £13.20 per rod this year - an increase of 103% - and then rise to £20 the following year.
An average 5 rod size allotment will cost £66 in 2011/12 under the new proposals, and £100 next year. Rods are a system to measure allotments - one square rod is the equivalent of about 25 square metres.
49% of current allotment holders qualify for a concessionary rate which sees them pay about the half the standard price.
Local growers at the meeting criticised the council's consultation, claiming it hadn't been properly publicised. Allotment holder, Irene Woods, said she only found out about the consultation once it was too late to be involved.
She had already invested both expense and effort into preparing her plot, she said, and was left "demotivated" and unsure as to whether she could afford to carry it on. The rise would "set a precedent for massive increases" in the future, she said.
Another allotment holder called the proposals "rubbish", adding "It's not fair, it's not right and it's not justice."
The Cabinet agreed to defer this years rise from April until July and will allow allotments to be paid for quarterly, although the holders claim the council was legally obliged to offer this anyway.
A report by council officers says allotments currently get a 73% subsidy and the new pricing will take this to 45% this year and approximately 25% the year after, which matches the current subsidy to leisure centres.
Cabinet Member of Culture and the Olympics, Cllr John Fahy, said the "funding to local government has been significantly reduced by central government" and the allotment price increases were "probably the most difficult decision we've had to take as part of this budget process".