Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Eastleigh allotment-holder wins legal battle over rents

Alex Mullins
Image caption Alex Mullins could be due a partial refund from the council

A court has ruled in favour of an allotment-holder who took legal action over "unfair" increases in rent.

Alex Mullins, of Eastleigh and District Allotments Association, challenged Eastleigh Borough Council for its 60% price hike, from £25 to £40 a year.

A Southampton county court judge backed Mr Mullins at a hearing earlier.

The council argued it had priced its allotments in accordance with what other local authorities were charging.

Speaking outside the court, Mr Mullins said the case was about "whether the 60% increase is reasonable".

"If the council tax had increased by 60% then there would have been a lot more people at court today," he said.

The council admitted in court that when it set the price increase two years ago it wanted to reduce the cost to the local authority.

A council spokesman said he was "disappointed" with the result and that "the council would be considering its position over the next seven days".

Mr Mullins could now be due a partial refund from the council.

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