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Man slams rise in Frinton allotment costs
2:00pm Friday 5th October 2012 in News
A MAN has slammed a massive rise in allotment rates in Frinton.
The price of renting allotment space in Frinton has risen dramatically over the last two years.
Last year the cost increased by 14.75 per cent, while this year it has risen again by 28.5 per cent.
Ken Bate, 78, has rented two allotment plots at Witton Wood Road in Frinton for the last 16 years.
He has branded the price increase “outrageous”.
He said: “I have had my allotment for a long time but now it feels like they are taking advantage. That big a raise is absolutely outrageous.”
The cost of Ken’s two plots has risen from £70 last year to nearly £90 this year.
He added: “Lots of people who use the allotments are pensioners and it is a lot of money for us.
“Where does it stop? Is there going to be another big rise next year? It could become extortionate.”
The increase was decided on by Frinton and Walton Town Council, which runs the Witton Wood Road allotments.
Mayor Mark Cossens said: “We still want to provide these facilities but the council is of the opinion that the tax payer should not have to support those renting allotments.
“We want to provide them for a realistic fee, and I think they still represent really good value for money."