In England all local Councils are supposed to provide their residents with Allotments, but because the law is without a time deadline, it fails to
It mentioned how Councils could have the power to "compulsorily rent" land from suitable land owners. At first I thought this was a brilliant idea.
But then I thought about the effects Council Tax already has on me (never mind e.g. retired people living on dwindling income).
However there is a solution....
How about the (would-be) tenants commit to covering the Councils rent, costs? That way; all the local councils would have to do is...
1. Choose the bits of farming land local people would like to have.
2. Then they pay the landowner fair, market value, based compensation for the private property they are utilising.
3. But it costs the taxpayer nothing
because the costs are met by the groups of local residents, who only wanted somewhere to grow their family
Providing Government Extra Revenue...
Of course if the (English) council took 3 acres of land worth e.g.. £50,000, paid £5000 a year rent-compensation to the land owner, then they might
split the 3 acres into 10 lots. They then charge the tenants 700 a year per patch receiving £7,000 for all of these. Therefore they would make a
£2000 "Commission" without even touching tax bills. The right legislation could ensure that when an allotment falls out of use, it immediately
returns to the original land owner (thereby saving the Council money on empty-useless land).
Targeting Disused Property
There are always plenty of old buildings, and other blocks of land that are not being properly utilised. In the UK this especially true when it comes
to investment firms-developers "holding" land as a rising commodity, rather than utilising it as something that needs developing now. The risk the
local council could find a use for their empty property, and that (although compensated) they would be unable to stop it, would mean your business had
a very good incentive to make use of any planning, permissions, quickly. This would enable Councils to plan local development much better, because
they would know that few obstacles were in the way.
What Do You Think?
But I'm not a Socialist! (Or even ever likely to be on the receiving end, of its distribution).
Yet (especially) when it comes to really important "quality of life" matters; I'm not against democratic, law, assisting other private citizens,
in putting their own capital to work
(even if it is at the expense of a privileged minority) (just so long as private compensation, for loss of
private property, is always kept reasonable).
Also I'd only ever support what I'm advocating if the scheme had almost-no funding from taxpayers; and if the Council was only acting on behalf of
residents (as opposed to e.g. ambitious land owners, seeking land, from other land owners!)
[edit on 090705 by Liberal1984]