Q for Allotment holders in Kent

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Q for Allotment holders in Kent
« on: May 20, 2015, 14:31 »
Please help me gather some info about plot rents and water charges.

Ashford Borough Council has put forward proposals to increase rents from 5 per perch/rod to 21.
It suggests that this is what other allotments in Kent are charging - this seems high to me, so I thought I'd ask on here.

Please say how much you pay for yours (and size) and what facilities your site has.

Also if your site has a water supply how is this managed (hose connections or tank for watering can dipping for example) do you pay extra for the water?

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Re: Q for Allotment holders in Kent
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2015, 14:45 »
In our parish we pay just over 20 per year for a half plot (about 5 rods)

The only facility we have is water. Two taps and two dip tanks between 35 tenants; using a hose is not banned but discouraged. The water bill for the year is divided up between the tenants and added to next year's rent demand.  We also pay public liability insurance at 2 per plot for the year.
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Re: Q for Allotment holders in Kent
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2015, 15:05 »
OK Not Kent but not far away

Costs from April 2015
The current costs per m2 are:

0.298 basic rate (plus 0.062 water rate)
0.223 concessionary rate (plus 0.062 water rate)

For example, a standard plot of 125m2 would cost 45 per year. 
Allotment keys can be collected from Civic Offices and cost 20 per key which is non refundable.

Full Plots 250m2
1/2 Plot  125m2

They cut the grass paths 3-4 times a year and turn the water on and off and that's about it!



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Re: Q for Allotment holders in Kent
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2015, 15:16 »
We pay 15 for a half plot and 30 for a whole plot (my whole plot is roughly 175 sqm) per year. We have water on site in tanks to dip into which refill themselves (when people remember to turn it on). Hoses are not allowed, only watering cans.



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Re: Q for Allotment holders in Kent
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2015, 15:26 »
Here at a village along the A20 my allotment is 10metres x 12 metres  I pay 10 a year, water is free from a stream which  runs alongside the allotments.



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Re: Q for Allotment holders in Kent
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2015, 19:18 »
My sister in Folkestone pays 90 per year for normal size plot (not sure the exact size) and for that she gets tap access - no hoses, a few scaffolding boards to edge the front and bark chippings for paths. Also has a toilet block.

Parents in Dover pay 40-something for similar size and access from tap.

In Hertfordshire I pay 14 per year for a double plot, tap access and 2 barrows of manure per year



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Re: Q for Allotment holders in Kent
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2015, 09:28 »
Here, we pay 19 for a full plot which is 80' x 35'.

On our plots, we have no water connected, although at the other end of the village, they do have water connected at several points, (which is a bit of a beef for us, but we all have IBCs thanks to a generous plot holder, who gets them free from his business). The rent is the same on both lots.

There is space to park a car, but most of us are within walking distance.

There are nineteen workable plots here, and six at one end which are overgrown, and not usable now



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Re: Q for Allotment holders in Kent
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2015, 10:00 »
my half plot is one of about 100 in one site in canterbury, I pay about 25 a year plus a bit extra to belong to the association, the price varies between sites here, but not by a great deal, we have water, in both dipping tanks and you can connect a hose. the main site tap is on my plot, but the nearest water tap is about 50m from my plot, so I have to join 2 long hoses together to get water ( the main stopcock use to leak, so at one point half my plot was self watering, until the leak got worse and I arrived to find I had a pond).
we have a portaloo, and car parking (though the road through the site closes through the winter).
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Re: Q for Allotment holders in Kent
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2015, 11:38 »
We have 20 plots on site we have 1 tap to every 2 plots. so 10 in all i have 2 taps 1 at the side of my plot with a water tank and 1 at the end of my plot we can use hoses. my plot is 150 square metres it costs me 50 a year.
I also have an awful lot of mares tail free of charge.

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