The Council are trying to save a lot of money so are requiring that the Allotments should be self-sufficient in terms of funding by 2014. At the moment each plot costs the Council approximately £110 to run, £75 of which is covered by our rent.
To increase the rents to this level would be a very real problem for Allotments as it would lead to less people being willing to take one on.
In order to protect Allotments and prevent such a dramatic increase in rents, the Allotments Team and the BDAC are working together to try to get the best deal for Allotments.
Consultations with Associations have already taken place. One solution being suggested is that Associations take on more responsibility for the running of their site.
By April 2014 the Council will have closed the Allotments department- there will no longer be an Allotments Officer overseeing the running of Allotment sites . This being the case Association will be expected to take on the duties of the Allotments team which include paying for water, paying for cesspit emptying, issuing notices for re-entry and notices to quit.
In return for the greater responsibilities they will give Associations a greater percentage of the rents. These monies will have to be carefully managed.
The new agreements will run from April 2014 as long as Associations sign up to them.
Marrow and Pumpkin Competition Results for 2013
1st Eric Taylor 271.5 lbs RECORD
2nd Barry Painter 76 lbs
3rd Andrew Keenan 74 lbs
4th Isobel Thompson 69 lbs
Junior Pumpkin Competitiom
Joab Weale 55lbs RECORD
1st Patrick Hutchinson 32 lbs
2nd Isobel Thompsom 23.5 lbs
3rd Eric Taylor 20.5 lbs
The council are having difficulties funding the payment of water for allotment sites, the water bill is huge. They want us to use as little as possible of main water from the water taps.
If you have a suitable hut they are keen to encourage plot holders to save rainwater by attaching gutters and water butts to store the water. If you are able to do this…a big ‘thank you’ from us. Note two or more water butts can be joined to save even more!
PLEASE USE WATER SENSIBLY AND REPORT ANY LEAKS SHOULD THEY OCCUR