Interested in becoming an allotment holder? Contact Mr Peter Upton – 01304-823540. (Please be aware you may be placed on a waiting list)ALLOTMENT RULES1. The year’s holding of each allotment shall be considered to commence as at 1st October. The rent is fixed by the Parish Council and is payable in advance.2. The Parish Council would give three month’s notice to quit and requires one month’s notice from the tenant.3. An allotment may be given up at any time, subject to notice being given, but if not vacated before 1st October the tenant would be liable for one year’s rent.4. No allotment shall be transferred or sub-let without the consent of the Parish Council.5. No rubbish or stones are to be left on paths or roads without the consent of the Parish Council.6. Water may only be used by can or bucket, not by hose.7. Drivers of vehicles entering the allotments for private or delivery purposes are instructed to ensure that they make use of the vacant allotment, no. 36, behind the George & Dragon, for the purpose of turning & parking their vehicles. Tenants are NOT permitted to park their car on their allotment. Failure to abide by this rule may lead to the termination of the tenancy. 8. Applications for allotments should be made personally, or in writing, to the Allotment Manager, Mr Peter Upton of 189 London Road, Temple Ewell9. Vacant allotments will first be offered to residents of the Parish of Temple Ewell, then, if not allocated, will be offered to a non-resident of the Parish.10. Permission must be obtained from the Parish Council before the erection of any fences, sheds or greenhouses. The construction of sheds, shuttering or border fencing containing any materials hazardous to health, such as asbestos, is strictly forbidden.11. Bonfires must be restricted to the burning of garden rubbish only. No toxic materials are to be burnt.12. Allotment holders have a duty of care under Health & Safety regulations, to ensure that all hazardous or toxic materials, such as pesticides and herbicides, are stored properly and securely.DUTIES OF THE ALLOTMENT HOLDER
(Taken from a leaflet produced by
The National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners Ltd)The prime duty of any plot holder is to abide by the terms of the tenancy agreement and to respect his/her fellow plot holders. This blanket statement covers a range of specific duties, but could best be summed up by ensuring that, in all aspects of his/her allotment gardening, common sense is applied.The allotment must be kept clean, especially of obnoxious weeds, and maintained in a good state of cultivation. There is a legal duty not to do anything to change the nature of the plot so as to impair its value; crop rotation, application of manure/compost and prevention of soil borne diseases are essential aspects of this duty practised by every good gardener.The allotment gardener must not cause a nuisance or annoyance to fellow plot holders, paths must not be obstructed. Again, a common sense approach will ensure that bonfires are regulated to see that smoke does not annoy others, spraying is done in calm conditions to prevent spray drifting onto neighbours crops, rubbish is not accumulated on the plot or surrounding paths, adjoining hedges/trees are cut and trimmed and any fences and gates are kept in good repair.The bonfire is probably one of the greatest causes of annoyance to others and care should be taken to check wind direction when lighting, in addition to siting the bonfire so that it will not scorch neighbours’ crops. There is no law prohibiting anyone from lighting a bonfire. However a smoky bonfire which causes a nuisance may contravene section 16 of the Clean Air Act 1956 and the Environmental Health can take action in the Magistrates Court resulting in a fine of up to £2000. Again, anyone lighting a fire an allowing smoke to drift across a highway faces a fine of up to £2000 under the Highways (Amendment) Act 1986.The status of allotment gardening in the local community should, for the benefit of the whole allotment movement, be maintained and upgraded by keeping allotment sites, and individual plots, both tidy and pleasing to the eye. Every plot holder can assist in achieving this aim by keeping paths and roadways trimmed and tidy, by avoiding ‘shanty town’ type sheds, by avoiding the use of unsightly materials for wind breaks, and by planning the layout of the plot. How many plot holders would wish to see rusted corrugated iron windbreaks and such like in their home gardens?The majority of tenancy agreements do not permit sub-letting, restrict the size of huts, forbid the use of the allotment for the carrying on of a trade or business, and demand that rent must be paid on time. The plot holders have a duty to conform with tenancy conditions, and must observe the landlord’s requirements not only to protect their own tenancies, but also to ensure that the site is not brought into disrepute.Whilst all plot holders wish to protect their crops from vandalism and theft, it must be remembered that barbed wire cannot be used for fencing adjoining paths/roads. The common law duty of care to visitors and their safety has to be borne in mind, as must the law relating to protected birds and wild animals, no matter how much damage to crops they may cause.Allotment sites could be made much more attractive by plot holders taking the trouble to edge plots with a few flowers and so enhance the site’s overall appearance. If plot holders can make their site attractive more people will be encouraged to take plots and so help to ensure the site’s future. Could you not spare a little time to keep weeds/grass cut on vacant allotment plots?Allotment holders are renowned for demanding that their landlords undertake work on sites and provide facilities. Remember, though, that you – the plot holder – also have a duty to play your part in maintaining the site and a number of obligations.