Agricultural arce compared to Allotment acre

Dominic Prest made this Freedom of Information request to Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council

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Dear Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council,

Can you please answer the following with regards to council agricultural land and allotment land;

1) Do Redcar & Cleveland rent out the 1,272,195.22 m2 of agricutltural land it curently leases at a cheaper rate per acre than it rents out an acre of land for allotments

2) Can you please supply the rental/lease agreements for both agricultural land and allotment land.

3) Can you confirm what both agricultural land and allotment land can be used for, E.G. for the growing of fruit and vegetables etc.

Yours faithfully,

Dominic Prest

Information Security, Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council

FOI request - Ref FOI/12/243

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Margaret Campbell left an annotation ()

When the council publishes its annual accounts, sometime in the next few months, they make them available for public inspection for a short period of time (a month, I think). At that point, you can ask how much the council has received in the last financial year for the rent of agricultural land and allotment land.

If you get back on to them now and ask them to confirm the acreage of both, then it would allow you to arrive at an average figure for cost per acre when you get the amount from the annual accounts.

Incidentally, some councils now (eg Wirral Borough Council) encourage self-managed sites to have the land for a peppercorn rent, allowing them to invest plot income back into facilities on site.

Margaret Campbell left an annotation ()

... and also, it's ridiculous to suggest that every word in a lease aggreeement is confidential. There is public interest in taxpayers knowing what terms the council sets for leasing out its land. You could ask that they redact any personal information from individual leases and send you the bits that aren't confidential.