Wednesday, 29 June 2011 0 comments By: Hurley Allotments

Water news

We have been informed that the connection of the water supply by Severn Trent will start (and hopefully be completed) on 29th June.

Plot holders are reminded that our supply will be metered and therefore water should be used responsibly. The taps have to be kept locked and combination locks will be installed shortly. You will need to see a member of the committee to obtain the combination number.

Please note that direct watering of your plot via hose pipes and or sprinklers from the mains supply is not allowed.

Weed control

The warm weather and rain has made the weeds grow quickly and unchecked weeds will shortly reach the flowering and seeding stage. It is important that all plot holders prevent this happening. If left to flower and seed the weeds will be worse on your own plot but will also spread to plots that have been cleared. If you have mature weeds please chop them down before they seed!
Thursday, 9 June 2011 0 comments By: Hurley Allotments

Committee Update 9 June 2011

Water

Water installation is now complete inside the allotment site and we are now awaiting a further inspection. The supply pipe to the roadway has also been moved as requested. The service level for connection to the mains is 21 days after sign off of the site installation.

Sheds

The planning application is progressing as expected following the end of the mandatory public consultation period on 6th June. We are exploring the possibility of bulk purchase and erection of sheds. Once we have a clear idea of potential costs we will be seeking a commitment so we can place an order. Plot holders are reminded that shed bases will need to be in place prior to erection should we be granted permission and move ahead with a bulk purchase.

Perimeter Hedging

Netting has been fitted to the perimeter fence in an attempt to create a wind shield temporarily. Our thanks must go to all those who kindly provided the materials and helped with the installation.
Hedging is currently being sourced in preparation for ordering in July for November delivery.

Gate chain/lock

The lock on the main site gate has been improved to make it easier for plot holders to access and secure the site.

Committee post box

A committee post box is being erected under the main site notice board to facilitate easier communication with your committee.

Permissions

  • Permission has been granted for the erection of soft fruit frames at a height greater than 1.5m on plot 6.
  • Permission has also granted for this season for the erection of semi-permanent wind shelters above 1.5m on plots 4, 9 and 5.

Potato competition

As everyone seems to be growing potatoes it has been suggested that there should be a competition for the best dug potatoes, sometime in July. The competition will be judged by John Farmer who will award a cash prize to the winner.

Keys

We are still holding a couple of site keys that have not been collected. If you don't already have a key please contact Alex Simpson on 01827 872297, or call round to see him at 16 Wakefield Close, Hurley.

The next committee meeting will be held on 8 September 2011.
Saturday, 4 June 2011 0 comments By: Hurley Allotments

General Update 3 June 2011

It looks like we have a glimpse of summer and the winds have finally dropped. As you will be very aware everyone’s plots recently fell victim to the high winds. We have been looking at various temporary solutions to protecting the site and are very lucky to have had some blue shielding material donated to us. We have therefore decided (as a temporary measure) to test out protecting the site by erecting it along the boundary fence. We intend making a start on Saturday 4th June at 12 noon and would be grateful of any assistance you can offer. We do not know how effective it will be or what it will look like when erected so we will review as we go. As always your views and input are appreciated.

Tenancy Rules

We have taken a look at your tenancy agreement and how the site has developed and decided that there are some rules which can be relaxed.

You are therefore no longer required to ask permission from the committee for the following temporary items:
  • Raised beds (of reasonable height and wooden construction)
  • Fruit frames (below 1.5 mtrs)
  • Compost bins
  • Protection netting
  • Post & lath (such as Raspberry frames)
  • Water butts

Please note that we do however ask the following:

  • That you seek permission in writing to the committee for anything you wish to erect over 1.5mtrs.
  • If you wish to erect a fence (between the non path partnering side of your plot), that you keep this fence no higher than the low posts currently erected and that and additional posts are flat on the top and not spiked. (this does not include temporary netting windshields.)
Tenancy agreements will be updated next year on payment of your fees.

General information

We are currently looking into having an internal post box put on the site for your comments, requests and feedback. We are also looking into creating small pigeon hole post tubes for each plot for updates from your committee in addition to the site noticeboard.

A special request from your chairman

Whilst the committee members are all happy to help and move the site forward please understand that no decisions are made by one individual. We are a group of people who believe strongly in democracy, if you have a concern raise it but please do not take your frustrations out on individual members/plot holders. Aggressive behaviour will not be tolerated and we strongly believe everyone should feel comfortable visiting their plot at all times.

Your tenancy agreement covers the process of dealing with such behaviour and the committee would prefer not to have to issue anyone with warnings which lead to withdrawl of an allotment.