Faster action with neglected plots

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A COUNCIL has taken action to speed up its process of getting rid of allotment holders who neglect their plots.

Previously, Bury St Edmunds Town Council’s procedure meant that it could take up to 11 weeks before a notice to quit became effective, allowing neglected plots to become more overgrown.

But, on Wednesday, the full council voted to speed up the process by ‘tightening its admin procedures’.

It has reduced the initial time a tenant is informally given to rectify a problem from three weeks to two weeks and the 28 days then given in a formal letter, if no good progress is made, to 14 days.

If there continues to be no improvement, as before, a notice to quit will be issued giving the tenant 28 days to vacate their plot and informing them of their right of appeal.

The council also approved a £744 quote for the provision of a dual recycling bin near Southgate Community Centre and agreed to provide a Christmas shopper bus service, subject to approval by its finance committee.