ALLOTMENT tenants in St Neots whose plots have not been used for five months face being booted off the land to help cut the council s waiting list. But the get-tough action does have its drawbacks as tenants will be given 12 MONTHS notice to quit. St Neot

ALLOTMENT tenants in St Neots whose plots have not been used for five months face being booted off the land to help cut the council's waiting list.

But the get-tough action does have its drawbacks as tenants will be given 12 MONTHS notice to quit.

St Neots Town Council has said monthly inspections will be carried out and any tenants whose plots look unused will be sent an eviction notice.

A council spokesman told The Hunts Post: "The council has always had the right to serve the notices but we will be taking a harder line because of our lengthy allotments waiting list."

The town council is desperately trying to reduce its allotment waiting list, which currently stands at 55, as some individuals have been waiting 24 months for one of the 49 plots.

The council is also looking to reduce the waiting list is by splitting larger allotments into smaller plots. So far this has created an extra 10 plots over the past few weeks.

The waiting lists for allotments are believed to be swelling as more people want to grow their own vegetables in a bid to save money during the recession.

In St Ives and Huntingdon town councils are also working to reduce their waiting lists.

In St Ives there are 60 people waiting for one of the 115 plots to become vacant. A council spokesman said they are in the process of looking at providing an extra 20 or 30 plots at their High Rise allotments.

In Huntingdon there are 52 people waiting for one of the 187 plots. A council spokesman said if they find plots 'not being worked' they will send two warning letters to the tenants and then a notice of eviction giving one month's notice.

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