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    Ok, please bear with me on this one...here's a brief outline.

    Our allotments are managed by ourselves, we have an elected committee of Chair, vice chair, treasurer and secretary plus a few committee members. we have an AGM and everything is done above board with the annual publication of finances plus minuted meetings etc. There hasn't been a committee meeting for over 2 years because no one can be bothered.

    However, there are a lot of new plot holders and many feel that the current committee are both out of date and very clicky. Now obviously this is our perogative to vote them off and re-elect new members. A quick example is that the current chairman is about 80 years old and his views reflect that. He has told me the other day that the site has too many women who bring their kids up and do nothing !!!!!!!!!

    So we feel that a new committee should be elected at the next AGM (February). But we need to come with a plan...a vision of what people would like to see in the next year, 5 years and 10 years.

    Ive knocked a few things together and would like to run them past you and see if you would feel comfortable to have this on your plot.

    1 year

    To create a new committee of Chairperson, vice chair, secretary and treasurer plus a committee of a further 6 members consisting of both men and women.

    To increase rents by 50% from 1.50/rod to 2.25/rod (1/2 plots are 10 rod, full plots are 20 rods) in order to set aside funds for projects.

    Look at the rules and contracts and change or amend where necessary

    Install 2 notice boards and keep people updated

    Publish a monthly newsletter (reduce to bi- monthly during winter) and ask people's opinions on what they want to see before going to committee.

    Try to obtain some kind of sponsorship from local business

    Number all plots using proper numbers on posts

    5 year

    To double the size of the carpark and include manure, compost, bark chip bins

    To purchase and install a community shed

    To purchase a rotorvator, strimmer, cultivator and hand tools, plus rat poisons, chemicals, fertilizers for everyone to use

    Install a complete new water system using alcathene pipe and double the amount of outlets

    An annual community event/barbeque in summer for plotholders.

    To do something about the paths which are lethal when wet...maybe add woodchip and generally level them out

    10 year

    Install a compostable toilet (planning permission needed)

    Re fence all plots with new rabbit proof fence, new posts and new gates

    install Secure perimeter fence with height restriction barrier


    So please tear this to shreds....no offence will be taken and please, add your own suggestions

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    Quick question Andy who owns the site? This might be important if the incumbent committee have their ear.
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    How many plots are there? Is it a big site or a modest one? The smaller the site, the harder it is to find a willing committee!
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    It has about 50, full size plots on...not huge by any stretch of the imagination. There are enough people I've spoken to to easily get people on board

    The site is owned by our town council
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    I know many wouldn't agree but I wouldn't want to pay more to gain the things you list, am quite happy without those add ons.


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    I think that there hasn't been a commitee meeting except AGM's says a lot and certainly indicates some modernisation is needed. As a vision I think you have come up with a resonable proposal. They key of course is to get peoples agreement. I can seeds why you might want to increase the fees but would suggest phasing the increase in fees. I know you are not talking vast amounts of money but 50% sounds a lot and may put people off. Where as a 10% increase per year for 5 years doesn't feel as bad and people can seeds where their money is going.

    One thing you could do is apply to the lottery for money for a composting toilet, its where they got the funding for the ones One my site.

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    If its council owned your options are limited as you will not be able to establish an association with proper articals etc. I would call an EGM for the purpose of disolving the current management team and establishing a new one. I think it would also be prudent to establish clear terms of reference and try to get the council involved as you are effectively their tenants.

    Unfortunately different generations have different views on what should or should not happen, be grown or kept on allotments. With this in mind rather than set to many aspirational targets I would focus on the site rules, dignity, nuisance etc
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    Quote Originally Posted by Veggielot View Post
    I think that there hasn't been a commitee meeting except AGM's says a lot and certainly indicates some modernisation is needed.
    Or it might indicate that people don't feel the need for a committee, they're not compulsory for an allotment site.


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