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Tenant who filled allotment with furniture ‘lost the plot’
ALLOTMENT bosses in Oxford say a tenant has lost the plot – by piling his green space with furniture.
Horticulturalists at the allotments in Old Marston have demanded that the occupant cleans up by November 1 or quits.
Items on the Court Place Farm site in Oxford Road include chairs, tables and children’s toys.
Site secretary Tim Cann said he was alerted to the issue a month ago.
He said: “People started to ask what was going on as it made a mockery of the idea of planting and growing vegetables.”
They have given the allotment holder, Ali Rojob, an ultimatum that he has to clean up the mess by November 1 or he will be evicted.
And Mr Rojob, of Cardigan Street, is promising to do so.
He said: “There’s no reason for it. I was shifting all my things from another plot.
“It looks very odd but it is not unclean or anything. It just happens that I am new to all of this and didn’t know a lot of things.
“It can only get better though. I accept that it has got out of hand and will clean it all up before the start of November.”
Mr Cann added: “The fact he acknowledged what everyone was saying gave me hope that he would sort the plot out.
“But then he started bringing more rubbish and that’s when the problem really came to a head.”
The four-man allotment committee this month agreed the November 1 deadline to remove items or be evicted.
“I have never had anything like this before,” Mr Cann said.
“We’ve given him a chance, but I think his days are numbered.”
The plotholder was evicted from Mill Lane allotments last year, Mr Cann said, but he did not know this when he came to Court Place Farm.
Mill Lane site manager Bill Agent said: “He was only on the plot for a few weeks last year before he got evicted.
“He kept coming every day with a car full of black bags and dumping rubbish on his plot – it certainly didn’t look like he was gardening.
“He also had an armchair which he put in his plot and he piled the rubbish on top of that.”
Chairman of the Mill Lane allotments Masha Unkovskaya said: “It was a stupid situation. There was an armchair and numerous boxes, all sorts of rubbish, plastic bags and old Christmas decorations. “It was things people would normally throw away.”
The 15-acre site at Court Place Farm is among 36 owned by the city council and has more than 100 plots.
City council spokesman Louisa Dean said: “We are not aware of this but will be investigating the situation.”
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