An Uckfield allotment in winter

New allotment tenants to pay deposit for Uckfield plots

Tenants taking on allotments owned by Uckfield Town Council will be charged a £50 deposit for the first time.

The council has decided to introduce the scheme to encourage plotholders to keep the land in good order and not leave them to be become overgrown before terminating a tenancy.

At this year’s allotment conference, the idea was suggested as a way of ensuring plots were made available for re-letting as soon as possible after someone had given up the tenancy, or it had been terminated.

The allotment rule about the keeping of hens is to be amended so that tenants:

  • advise the council in writing of the intention to keep hens;
  • undertakes to keep the birds in accordance with RSPCA guidelines;
  • state the number of hens to be kept; and 
  • confirm all eggs are for personal consumption.

Allotment Watch launched

In a separate development, an “allotment watch” scheme has been started.

The scheme has been set up after numerous sheds at allotment sites have been targeted by thieves this month. It is believed they were looking for high-value machinery, such as rotavators.

Uckfield PCSOs, have started the scheme which involves regular contact with
allotment owners and the town council to share information.

Signs warning criminals about the Allotment Watch in operation will be placed at the sites.

Contact Uckfield Neighbourhood Policing Team to join. Phone 101 or email allotments@sussex-pnn.police.uk

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