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Thread: allotments - should be cleared before allocating Y or N?

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    I've never had a cleared plot, although my current site gave me 12 months rent free to get it into order.
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    Once they are clear you and the existing plot holders could alway guerrilla garden with fast growing crops till they get allocated - although 6 plots worth of radish and lettuce may be too much.

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    I don't see why they should be cleared and to be honest I'd not have wanted it as I suspect it will involve weed killers which is totally against the way I wanted to grow. I knew what I was getting when I saw the plot and took it on that basis.
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    Well if the council is insisting that they won't let them out until they are cleared but say they don't have the resources then presenting them with other options may get them moving.

    If they turn down all the options then there may be a case to get them to review their original decision.

    If they turn down alternatives and then later on the council uses the state of these plots to do something like justifying a rent increase then you would be able to go back and show the options they turned down.

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    I think that a lot depends on where you are.

    Here it cost two hundred pounds a year for an allotment (and its going up next April).
    The council do absolutely nothing for that rent, no services whatsoever and there are no longer any concessionary rates for low incomes, the elderly retired or people with disabilities.
    There is no framework for negotiation....its full rent, up front or 4 instalments but with the direct debit set up before you get your keys.
    So I believe that if you have to give that kind of money to start your plot...you should at least have a clean plot to plant in from the outset.
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    I don't think it should be cleared either. Ours aren't usually and it can be a good or a bad thing, depending on what you find! That said, we did do some clearing of some really dire plots last year, though this was difficult vegetation rather than old sheds/broken greenhouses.

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    It would have been great to get a cleared plot instead of a jungle but for most people it just doesn't happen so I can't see why the council are insisting on it being clear. I can see that it would be disheartening and daunting for some to be confronted with a weed choked mess but if they're not prepared to put in the effort to clear it then they're probably not going to put in the effort to maintain it either..
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    Isn't there something in the allotment act for the councils to ask the people leaving to pay for the #detriment# to the plot?

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