Why do charges for allotments have to increase so much?
All services have to contribute to helping the Council balance its budget. Currently there are 18 Council owned sites of which 11 are DBC managed and 7 self-managed. On the Council managed sites there are 241 plots, of which on 88 plots the tenants pay full price and on 153 plots the tenants pay concession rate, which is half price. The charge for an allotment plot from April 2016 is £80 for a full plot and £40 for a concession. The proposal in the MTFP is to remove the concession from 2017/18 altogether so all tenants pay the full price and over the following three years, further raise the charges by £40 in 2017/18 to £120, £25 in 2018/19 to £145 and finally by another £25 in 2019/20 taking the charge for an allotment plot to £170.
The increased charges are required to cover operating costs, making the service break even.