With councils wanting to increase rents, self management is often seen as the way out of rent rises.
If the council still have officer time dedicated to allotments then there’s still a cost for them.
Perhaps partial self-management is needed with responsibility for bills falling on plot holders and cutting the time spent by council staff on allotments.
Site waiting lists are best managed by the site’s committee. But they need robust rules. The discussion of what is cultivation is one often heard being debated.
Can self-management safeguard the future of allotments?
Despite long waiting lists for allotments, many sites have closed in the last decade. Putting control in the hands of the plot holders helps secure a stronger, safer future for sites, argues James Robbins