Council cuts mean "zero" budget for Bolton's allotments

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Council cuts mean "zero" budget for Bolton's allotments

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ALLOTMENT holders from across Bolton came together to hear how cuts have wiped out the council’s budget for the service.

From April there will be a ‘zero base’ budget for allotments in Bolton, and no dedicated officer for plot holders to come to with their problems.

Instead the only money that will be available to spend on Bolton allotment is the money raised in rents – approximately £31,500 a year – which will cover site repairs, provision of water and other services.

Previously Bolton Council have spent an extra £18,000 a year on the service.

The change in funding was agreed last year, after the environmental services department was told to find £3.4 million worth of savings for 2014 to 2015.

At the meeting at Astley Bridge Cricket Club Malcolm Russell, head of environmental services at Bolton Council, spoke to the members of the Association of Bolton Allotment Sites (ABAS) about how it will impact on its members.

He said: “The decisions about this are set down by government and by politicians.

“These are not things that are going to happen, these are things that have happened.”

He added that to be most effective members of Bolton’s 32 allotment societies needed to join ABAS, which will act as one voice when dealing with the council in future.

Mr Russell said: “We very much see that ABAS has the potential of being a representative society of all allotment societies.

“But we are conscious that we can only use ABAS as the umbrella organisation if it is truly representative. “

Dave Jackson, assistant secretary of ABAS said it was vital for allotment holders to come together to support each other through the changes.

He said: “There are so many things that can go wrong on an allotment site – this weather is finding every gap in the drains.

“There’s lots of interesting ways to getting around this and I hope we’re going to explore them now.

“We are going to need to be creative.”

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11:18am Thu 13 Feb 14

thomas222 says...

Is the Bolton Council of Mosques still getting its £1200 a month every month for things like yoga classes for their elderly followers. Yes it is and it needs stopping.
Is the Bolton Council of Mosques still getting its £1200 a month every month for things like yoga classes for their elderly followers. Yes it is and it needs stopping. thomas222
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11:29am Thu 13 Feb 14

Jim271 says...

Well Thomas perhaps if more Muslims did Yoga they wouldn't be busy planning to take over the world, along with all the Jews like your party seems to promote.(UKIP).

You had to sneak in some of your provocative comments, most people agreed you and most of your party members are lunatics.

Gay Rain, lesbian snow and Muslim wind.
Well Thomas perhaps if more Muslims did Yoga they wouldn't be busy planning to take over the world, along with all the Jews like your party seems to promote.(UKIP). You had to sneak in some of your provocative comments, most people agreed you and most of your party members are lunatics. Gay Rain, lesbian snow and Muslim wind. Jim271
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11:43am Thu 13 Feb 14

thomas222 says...

Jim271 wrote:
Well Thomas perhaps if more Muslims did Yoga they wouldn't be busy planning to take over the world, along with all the Jews like your party seems to promote.(UKIP). You had to sneak in some of your provocative comments, most people agreed you and most of your party members are lunatics. Gay Rain, lesbian snow and Muslim wind.
Planning! Dont you mean happening more like. Anyone can see that Islam is at war with each other in many parts of the world & also in Counties not Islamic. Your comments make no one think this is any different.
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Well Thomas perhaps if more Muslims did Yoga they wouldn't be busy planning to take over the world, along with all the Jews like your party seems to promote.(UKIP). You had to sneak in some of your provocative comments, most people agreed you and most of your party members are lunatics. Gay Rain, lesbian snow and Muslim wind.[/p][/quote]Planning! Dont you mean happening more like. Anyone can see that Islam is at war with each other in many parts of the world & also in Counties not Islamic. Your comments make no one think this is any different. thomas222
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11:02am Fri 14 Feb 14

Jim271 says...

Thomas222 you really are a pig ignorant UKIP facist, why don't you the week before the election burn down Bolton Town Hall and blame it on the communists,

Sorry that's already been done in Germany 1933, your grandparents must be turning in their graves.
Thomas222 you really are a pig ignorant UKIP facist, why don't you the week before the election burn down Bolton Town Hall and blame it on the communists, Sorry that's already been done in Germany 1933, your grandparents must be turning in their graves. Jim271
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11:06am Fri 14 Feb 14

thomas222 says...

Jim271 wrote:
Thomas222 you really are a pig ignorant UKIP facist, why don't you the week before the election burn down Bolton Town Hall and blame it on the communists, Sorry that's already been done in Germany 1933, your grandparents must be turning in their graves.
Jim your a dinosaur & i bet you dont even vote. : )
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Thomas222 you really are a pig ignorant UKIP facist, why don't you the week before the election burn down Bolton Town Hall and blame it on the communists, Sorry that's already been done in Germany 1933, your grandparents must be turning in their graves.[/p][/quote]Jim your a dinosaur & i bet you dont even vote. : ) thomas222
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