An allotment tenant is locked in a battle with Sheffield Council over rents the authority says she must pay - covering a period after she had given back her plot.
Geraldine O’Connor, from Greystones, had been a tenant at Meersbrook allotments for the last three years but telephoned Sheffield Council in June to say she wanted to finish using the site.
She said: “I thought the phone call would have been sufficient.
“I thought nothing more of it, until I started receiving letters from the council which are quite confusing.”
Geraldine, aged 57, says one letter told her she owed £100 in unpaid rents in July - then she received another saying she was no longer a tenant during the same period.
She said: “I have tried calling the council to resolve the dispute but to no avail and they insist I owe the money.
“How can I owe them for a period when I wasn’t a tenant? The whole thing just doesn’t make any sense to me.”
Geraldine said the episode has left her distressed and ‘out of her mind’ with worry - and she added she is unsure where she will find the money to pay the council’s demand.
A Sheffield Council spokeswoman said officials are investigating Geraldine’s complaint to establish whether she owes the money, or if the bill should be cancelled. The council said it had a duty to collect debts, especially when facing huge budget cuts.