"they can not do this unless the rules of the allotment allow them to do it" What does that mean? They can't do it unless they can do it?
The committee is permitted to make rules "for the benefit of the association". My question is are they permitted to impose censorship and limit communication between members? Is this an infringement of freedom of expression?
"I assume the committee is part of a public body" - no. it leases land from the Council who impose their own rules and regulations.
The LGO said "My view is the Allotment Association exercises administrative functions for the Council. This is because the Council has entered an arrangement with the AA to carry out the function of managing the allotments. The fact the arrangement is through a tenancy agreement does not affect the operation of the statutory
provisions. So the Ombudsman can consider whether there was fault in the actions [the association] took.