Smaller allotments may slash waiting list

LAND-lovers waiting for an allotment in Boston may be living the Good Life sooner than they think, although councillors have approved steps to hike up fees.

Boston Borough Council is discussing plans to reduce the size of some of its 356 allotments in a bid to create more starter plots for people who are inexperienced or cannot cultivate a 300 yard plot.

The environment and performance scrutiny committee agreed last week to try and provide more of these 150 square yard plots where possible, in a bid to cater for the 45 people currently on the waiting list.

Coun Paul Goodale said: “We have such a huge waiting list that we should be striving to get these plots smaller.”

The recommendation was put forward by a task and finish group, which reviewed allotment pricing and provision after it was proposed that standard plot rent should increase from £23 to £130 over the next four years.

The group, chaired by Coun Alison Austin, found that the proposed rise was unacceptable to allotment holders and proposed a smaller rise to £68 by 2015/16.

The price rise would reduce the amount the council contributes to the allotments by around £13,000.

These proposals were approved by the committee and will now go on to the council’s cabinet for futher consideration.