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Green Party members launch petition to stop ‘cruel’ allotment rent hike

16 Mar 2023 2 minute read
Barry Green Party members protest outside civic offices 

A petition has been launched to stop the ‘cruel’ rent hike set to hit allotment owners in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Barry allotment holders and Green Party members angry at the proposed 67% rise in allotment rents are campaigning against the ‘cruel’ hike and urging people to put up their protest posters on their sheds, homes and work place.

The plans would see the average annual rent of an allotment in Barry and Rhoose increase from £60 a year to £110.

Campaigners believe the rise will mean many poorer allotment holders, who have often tended their plot for many years, will be forced to surrender their allotment due to the increased cost.

The council has offered allotment owners the option of halving the size of their plots to reduce the cost of renting them.

Green party campaigner and allotment holder, Rob Curtis, said: “The Vale of Glamorgan Council are boasting that they have one of the lowest council tax rise’s in Wales yet they have hit some of its poorest residents with a 72% rent rise, have this Labour led council lost the plot?
“I am proud that the Barry & Vale Green Party are backing local allotment holders in their fight to reverse this cruel rent rise.
“Telling people that they can give up half their allotment is appalling, many have lovingly attended their plot for many years.
“The average allotment rent will go up from around £60 to £110… you’ve got to grow a lot of  carrots and parsnips to make all your hard work add up.”

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