Parish Councils have an obligation to provide an allotment site if there is a demand by 10 or more residents. With this in mind, the Parish Council have identified the site on Hook Road as being suitable for development into allotments. We currently have a plan for 19 allotments on this site along with parking for 12 vehicles for allotment holders. Only residents in the parish may have an allotment. If anyone moves more than one mile outside the parish boundary, they are required to give up their plot.
Update 18 July 2018
The appointed contractor for phase 2 of the works to complete the allotment site has advised that he is aiming to start these works in early September. If his work schedule or ground conditions allow he may start earlier.
At the last meeting of the Amenity committee it was agreed to hold the ballot to allocate allotment plots at the next meeting on 6 August.
Update 4 July 2018
OPC are very excited that the project to provide an allotment site to residents is well and truly on the way and is heading in the right direction towards completion!!
Phase 2 of the works on the allotment site on the Hook Road has been approved by the Amenity Committee and a contractor has been appointed to complete these works. We are currently waiting for a start date from the contractor.
South East Water have informed us that they have been advised by Highways that the earliest they can proceed with the works to connect the water for the site is 6 August 2018 and they have pencilled us in for that date. We understand from South East Water that the delay is due to other works that have been scheduled in the area.
There is a plan to look to allocate plots by a ballot of those on the waiting list at the Amenity Committee meeting which is due to be held on 6 August 2018. Shortly after this meeting all those residents on the waiting list will be contacted and updated. Please note that those residents that will be offered an opportunity to become an allotment plot holder and tenant will need to remain patient for a little longer until the works have been completed.
OPC has now split the project into phases:
Phase 1 - is the installation of the water to the site, completion of the access off Hook Road, further clearance of the site due to regrowth, repairs to the fencing and construction of the car park area. These works started at the end of November 2017 and are almost complete. We are currently looking at what is affordable within the agreed budget for Phase 2.
Phase 2 - Details coming soon
In the meantime, the amenity committee have approved the allotment tenancy agreement, rules for the site and the fees. Each plot will cost £50 per annum, with a refundable deposit of £50 per plot and a refundable deposit of £10 for a key to the car park. The allotment rules will be reviewed annually and will be sent to tenants with the annual rent request.
You are very welcome to add your add your name to the waiting list by emailing the deputy clerk giving your name, full address and phone number or you can complete the Application for an Allotment Registration of Interest
Please note that you may only add your name to the waiting list if you live within the parish and agree to OPC holding your personal details on file to be used only with regards to allotments.