By News reporter
Gardeners have written an open letter of protest in response to Brighton and Hove City Council’s decision to slash allotment plots for new tenants in half. Brighton and Hove Allotment Federation (BHAF) committee are calling on the council to stop the automatic chopping of the 250 square metre plots until a new allotment strategy has been devised.
BHAF’s committee said: “Lately allotments have become more of a leisure pursuit for certain sections of society.
“[But] they were originally created for those on lower incomes and the unemployed and retired.
“Current plot holders who have been restricted to a half plot … are being restricted in order to supply leisure plots to those who allotments were less intended for.”
A spokesperson for the council said: “[Smaller] plots are now our standard but that policy is not new. This is helping us meet the huge demand for plots.
“Smaller plots are also popular with people who cannot manage a big plot.”
BHAF is currently in talks with the council about the future of Brighton’s allotments.
The letter is accompanied by an ePetition, which closes on 15 March 2013, also demanding the postponing of action.