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THE HARVEST.

:CHESHIRE AGRICULTURAL SHOW.

THE ALLOTMENT QUESTION.

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THE ALLOTMENT QUESTION. Mr. Frederic Impey writes from 35, Moor- street, Birmingham :—" A few weeks ago the Devonshire newspapers contained the report of a parish council meeting in the south of that county, at which it was stated that the auditor of the Local Government Board had directed that the rents of the allotments held under the parish should be paid a quarter of a year in advance. This requirement might not be altogether un- reasonable in a manufacturing district, where the labourer has to some extent the command of funds, but the agricultural labourer, owing to his limited income, has to live from hand to mouth, and consequently is rarely in aposition to pay rent for his allotment before he obtains some produce from it. Such a regulation, therefore, if generally enforced, would, to a great extent, prevent the rural worker from benefiting by the parish allotments, thus rendering these useless for their legitimate purpose the improvement of the condition of the agricul- tural population. Sir W. Foster, M.P., president of the Allotments and Small Hold- ings Association, therefore, on seeing the above- named report, lost no time in communicating with the Local Government Board. A reply has just been received, from which it appears that parish councils are under no obligation to stipulate for the payment in advance of the rents of the allotments under their con- trol, and may make these payable at such dates as are considered most convenient, but that it is the duty of parish councils to see that the payment is regularly made at the times fixed. This reply is of great importance, not only as shewing that parish and district councils are free to make such stipulations respecting the payment of rent as best will suit the circumstances of the locality, but also as laying down the principle that all the official auditor has to do is to see that the terms of the agreement between the parish council and the occupier are properly observed."

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