Coun­cil do­ing a bril­liant job

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

AS the rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the Westrees al­lot­ment site – the largest one in the bor­ough – ten­ants have asked me to write to you to ex­press their over­all sat­is­fac­tion with the level of ser­vice pro­vided by Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil’s al­lot­ments of­fi­cer. As the site rep for over 10 years, my ex­pe­ri­ence has been that ABC al­ways ex­er­cises the ut­most care be­fore tak­ing dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions to ter­mi­nate a ten­ancy agree­ment. I have not yet come across a case where a ten­ant has had their plot taken back with­out just cause. ABC will al­ways de­lay tak­ing ac­tion if they are told that the ten­ant has a good rea­son why they can­not cul­ti­vate a plot in any given year, for ex­am­ple ill­ness, work pres­sure, fam­ily com­mit­ments and so on. If nei­ther the site rep nor ABC are con­tacted then they can only as­sume that the ten­ant no longer wishes to keep the plot. ABC are aware that not ev­ery­one feels able to con­tact “the coun­cil” which is why a ten­ant can al­ways ask the site rep to do so on their be­half. Jonathan Dance, site rep­re­sen­ta­tive Westrees Al­lot­ment.

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