Wednesday, 16 May 2012 By: Hurley Allotments

Committee Update - 11th May 2012

The open committee meeting of 11th May was well attended with a full turn out of the committee and a number of plot holders also attending.

The minutes of the meeting will be available to view at the next committee meeting.

With all plot fees paid for this year and all plots let the Association is in a financially sound position. It was agreed that the remaining funds from the NWBC set up grant would be spent on improving the communal areas of the site. This includes the purchase of a petrol strimmer to help maintain the grass areas

Site/Plot Inspections – an assessment of the site and of individual plots will take place on Saturday May 12th. This will inform the committee of jobs that need to be done on the site. Letters will be sent to plot holders who are not considered to be maintaining their plot to the expected standard.

Working Party – All plot holders are invited to join a working party on Saturday 26th May (10.30 start). We plan to spend time improving the overall appearance of the site. This includes reseeding, hedge trimming, weeding and improving the boundary to the carpark as well as any other jobs identified in the site inspection. If you have a petrol lawnmower of strimmer please bring it along on the day. HAA will reimburse fuel costs. To aid the working party all plot holders are requested to ensure that all shared areas are kept clear. Any items presently on the shared area should be removed or moved onto plots asap. Items not moved by the 26th May may be removed by the working party.

Planning permission for poly tunnels, etc - Planning permission is required for structures on the site. The views of all plot holders on the whether the committee should submit a planning application for polytunnels are to be obtained through a separate communication.

Current Rules on covered structures - the Committee reconfirmed the existing site rules for covered structures. Whilst this is a grey area with NWBC Planning department the committee agreed to stay with our own rule of a maximum height of 1.5 metres. Covering should be appropriate to the purpose of the structure and consideration should be given to making it as unobtrusive as possible. All structures should be kept in a good condition.

Summer Event – A date for your diary. August 11th 2012 ‘To coincide with National Allotment Week we will be holding a ‘Party on the Plot’ . Further details to follow but we plan to have a barbeque for plot holders and their families.

The next open meeting will be September 14th 7.30 PM Village Hall.