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A Little More Allotment

Mrs Thatcher was not a friend of allotments, despite (or perhaps because of) being a grocer’s daughter from the famously potato-growing county of Lincolnshire. In July 1980 her government attempted to repeal Section 8 of the 1925 Act. Had she succeeded it would have meant abolition of the last remaining safeguards against local authorities wishing to dispose of allotment land, thereby enabling them to use the proceeds in whatever way they saw fit. Allotment associations from all over the country were mobilised. Resistance was doughty. There was even talk of a march on London. For once the Iron ... CONTINUE READING