- My bloody allotment is being taken over!
Well I contacted the council and did snow serious digging, turns out that he is the exfinance director and was given the allotment a far few years ago after a particularly nasty incident which meant that he had to move house, whilst I feel sorry for the fella he is being a complete arse now, I'm not going to give up my family plot as I'm committed to it working, why the he'll should I just because he wants to oust me?Posted 9 years agoZedsdeadMember
"was given the allotment a far few years ago after a particularly nasty incident"
And in any case he was given his allotment, not yours.
Here's 2 realistic options. If he keeps trying to take your patch then surely he is breaching the rules? In that case escelate it with the council and make it very clear to them that you will take it right to the top. It will be him that gets kicked off the allotments.
Other option, tell him you would be happy for him to give you a hand in assisting you with your lot, but remind him it's yours.
In fact I would just go with the first option. Maybe take it to the point where he gets a stern warning.
If he keeps doing it then take it all the way – he only has himself to blame.Posted 9 years ago
And get down there more, do a bit of research and find out what are the easiest plants to keep etc…
Letter to council formally lodging a complaint stating that you will escalate up teh council heirachy if you don't hear anything within 2 weeks. That way, the underlings know they are in for a bollocking if they don't take it seriously
Perhaps his family was persecuted due to this man's actions in the first place. Sounds like a proper little allotment nazi. Take the fight to the man and you can be an allotment hero (with gammy toes)Posted 9 years agoconvertSubscriber
You could of course go the other way – you don't have the time or resources to do a proper job on the whole of your patch whilst he clearly has time on his hands. You could have a face to face conversation where you state you are aware of what he is doing with his rope & find it quite amusing (making clear that "plot politics" are a bit petty & beneath you!). Tell him that if he is willing to agree & abide by the exact boundary you could be willing to lend him a proportion of your plot on a season by season basis until you are in a position to manage the whole thing by yourself.
He might be a git, but if you can bring an old boy like this on board they have a wealth of knowledge to pass on and as everyone else hates him, you could become his little project. Win win.Posted 9 years agotiger_roachMember
Tried talking, he won't listen and has basically said that he's got more right to be there than me!
So he admits he's taking over your land but thinks he's OK to do that?
Is he willing to discuss this with you and the council? If he thinks he's right then he should be able to get the council to agree? Maybe rent him some of your patch in return for 1/2 the veg. Or just take it then prove it's on your land.Posted 9 years agoXyleneMember
Go get some snails and start throwing them into his plot when he is there.
If the council won't do anything, contact your local MP and tell them what is happening and you fear corruption in the council. Mention that you will take it higher up in the offical government complaints as you can until somebody answers.
Stand back and watch the fireworks fly.Posted 9 years agophilconsequenceMember
write "from all of us" in bleach over his allotment.
rip the rope out whilst glaring at him, breathing very heavily then hold it high above your head screaming "i will avenge you grandad!!"
arrest him for trespassing and damage of property
threaten to call the papers about a "council protects one of their own" story
move the rope back then stand in his way, naked.Posted 9 years agostumpy01Member
Could you not use the piece of allotment directly by the boundary as a 'storage area' for a long, thin strip of builders rubble, large rocks, iron pipes etc. to make more of a permanent boundary?
Just move the rope to the right place, dump all your essential stuff in your new 'storage area' and that'll be that.Posted 9 years agoGEDAMember
Document and photograph everything. Write to the council and ask for a written reply stating why they will not assist you. Ask for the plans for the allotment and the diagram with your plot on it. If you have a friend who is a solicitor it might help or you could gather some evidence and get the local paper involved.Posted 9 years agowombatMember
There is a legally defined size for an allotment which is about 1 16th of an acre (roughly 250 square metres in dodgy euro measurements 😉 ) although some half plots of 1 32nd of an acre (125 square metres) are allocated on occasion if demand is high or someone can't cope with a full plot.Posted 9 years ago
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