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Allotment Complaints

Requested on
Mon 4th July, 2011
FOI 1370
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Under the Freedom of Information Act, please could you tell me whether your council has received any complaints since 1st January 2009 from allotment holders about the behaviour / conduct of other allotment holders.

If so, please could you indicate how many and provide a brief description of the nature of each dispute (for instance, whether it related to plants being grown on the borders of 2 allotments, the illegal keeping of animals there... etc... etc..) and how it was resolved?

Could you also tell me whether your council has taken action against any allotment holders during the same period for breaching allotment rules (without receiving a complaint).

Again, please can you indicate how many times this has occurred, a brief description of the circumstances and how the matter was resolved.


List of Complaints received from allotment holders about other allotment holders since January 2009:

Alleged damage to a green house
Alleged reduction of a path in order to extend growing area x 2
Alleged blocking access along path x 2
Complaint about rubbish on a plot e.g. wood, carpet x 2
Complaint about poor plot maintenance x 25
Alleged commercial growing
People not locking gates x 13
Alleged dumping of inappropriate waste in skip x 5
The council has only taken action against allotment holders over poor maintenance of plots. These may be as a result of complaints or arising from Allotment Officer Inspections.  As a result we have issued 3 notices to quit in this time period.