I saw the Free Press story about the size of allotments being reduced. The real effect in Sudbury (and maybe other places) is the lack of fairness in charging rental. There is no differentiation between the largest and the smallest. When I went to the finance committee with my paper (and subsequent plan for charging a fair rent), the town clerk was to work on a plan, along with my figures and take it back to said committee. On enquiring about the minutes, I was instead given an extract from the leisure committee minutes stating they had decided that it is not possible to change the rental system! Why has this committee decided this? I would not pay the same for a four bedroomed council house as for a one bedroomed, so why is it different? Local democracy and responsibility to voters? - Bah, humbug!
Allotment sizes are, and indeed should be, being reduced in size. Many people who have held allotments for a long time are giving produce away as their families have upped and grown or are now unable to effectively use their plots. Modern needs are for smaller plots, but not with an unfair system.