FEDAGA is the representative body for Edinburgh allotment holders. Every Edinburgh allotment tenant (about 1,300 in total) is a paying member.
You might be surprised that FEDAGA has suggested to City of Edinburgh Council that rents are INCREASED and that they dispense with funding the scheme for funding a 50% subsidy to the elderly and unemployed.
Here is the FEDAGA document that proves both these:
The "Analysis" makes it clear that the Acting Chairman and Show Secretary knew what he was doing when he drafted this:
1. This level of rents would cover the Council's costs of administering the allotments and generate a surplus.
2. The above surplus, coupled with savings made by elimination the Councils own proposed "subsidy" deficit, generates £57,725 of capital over 5 years."
That's the FEDAGA Committee proposing to take £57,725 out of the pockets of FEDAGA members!!!
To add to the irony, there is a limit of one plot per person, so the justification of new plots cannot benefit those existing members whose cash is being allocated for that purpose.
No surprisingly FEDAGAS proposals were accepted by the Council and the program has reached the £80 level this year and will rise to £100.
I don't think the members realise what their executive has done in their name.
If you are an Edinburgh allotment holder you need to be aware of what has been done in your name - It's going to be costing you £60 extra on your rent every year!