A tractor works in a Cambridgeshire field© Tim Scrivener
Herefordshire County Council’s rationale for selling off 1,940ha of its farms estate this year was that cashing in the £40m sale price would meet its needs better than its “negligible” income from rent in the longer term. The estate brought in £439,900 in rent last year to cover all maintenance and administration costs, while the maintenance backlog tipped £2.8m. This “poor situation was entirely the result of lacklustre management by Herefordshire Council”, says Tenants Farmers Association chief executive George Dunn. […]