People power works for Edinburgh allotmenteers

Readers of our November 2014 newsletter will know that last year Edinburgh City Council was proposing to raise allotment rents to generate a surplus of £150,000 per year from the allotment community, over and above what it cost to maintain the allotment estate.

This would mean increasing the rental for a full size plot to around £300 per year. FEDAGA, the representative organisation for plot holders in Edinburgh, mounted a very active and well supported campaign against this rise. Apart from anything else it was felt that to generate a large surplus contravened the duty to charge a fair rent laid down in the 1950 allotment act.

Now we have the good news that Edinburgh Council has taken the rent rise proposals off the agenda, so Edinburgh allotmenteers can afford their seeds!

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