Saturday, 29 January 2011

Fight the rent increase on Barnet Allotments

The Greenacre Project supports the fight against the rent increase for Barnet Allotments.

The London Borough of Barnet is proposing to increase the rent for allotments in the borough from the present £6 per pole to £17 per pole for Barnet residents and £34 per pole for non-residents. We believe such an in increase is unreasonable and unjustified.

Allotments offer a huge range of economic, social, health and recreational benefits to many different people. They support healthy living by providing physical activity and social contact as well as fresh, low-cost produce, important in these hard economic times. Allotments provide vital green spaces for the natural world, including birds and insects as well as a source for sustainable food.

The rent increases proposed by Barnet Council are outrageous and unjustifiable, especially against this background. They are likely to cause most hardship to those people who most need allotments. Moreover, if allotment holders are priced off their plots, there is a risk that some allotment sites might run down to the point where they could be sold for development.

Support the campaign against the rent rises by signing their petition.

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