Barnstaple Town Council Allotments
The Town Council manages the following five allotment sites.
- Bryant’s Field
- Higher Raleigh
- Mill Road
Allotment Waiting Lists
There is a primary and secondary waiting list for each site.
The primary waiting list is for those in the town who do not already rent an allotment plot from the Town Council, this system operates on a first come, first serve basis and takes priority over the secondary waiting list.
The secondary waiting list is for those who already rent an allotment from the Council and would like an additional plot, this system operates on a first come first serve basis, but will only be considered if there is nobody on the primary waiting lists.
The allotment waiting lists will no longer be published on the website.
To enquire about your position on the waiting list or the possibility of renting an allotment, please contact admin on 01271 373311 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Getting Buzzy.....At Sunnybank Allotments
Sunnybank allotments has its first hive of bees!
Allotment Tenant, Angus Basil applied to site a hive on his plot at the Sunnybank allotments. The Allotments Sub-committee welcomed the request and the hive is now in situ. It is thought that this hive is the first to be sited on a Barnstaple Allotment site for over 50 years.
Mr Basil said “There are approximately 25,000 – 30,000 bees in the hive. I have always wanted to train and keep bees as they are important to the ecology and I now have this chance. I must thank Barnstaple Town Council and Barnstaple Allotment Association for their support”.
Mr Mal Chapman, Barnstaple Allotment Association (BAA) said “The Association has an initiative running where the first BAA member from each Town Councils allotment sites will be given a grant of £80 towards purchasing the hive and equipment. Bees are important and we encourage the siting of hives on all sites”.
Results of the 2016 Allotment Competition
A presentation evening was held in Barnstaple Guildhall on Monday 10th October 2016
OVERALL WINNER, Ms A Sharman - BRYANT'S FIELD PLOT 45
1st – Mrs J Byford MR07B
2nd - Mrs S Davis MR10
3rd – Mr Harrison MR13A
1st – Mr Partridge SB19
2nd – Mr Keates SB52
3rd – Mr Edwards SB34
1st – Ms Sharman BF45
2nd – Mr Adeikis BF28A
3rd – Mr J Phillips BF48
1st – Mr L Moore HR02
2nd – Mr B Vercoe HR22B
3rd – Mr G Brown HR11A
1st – Mr R Fenn FV05B
BARNSTAPLE TOWN COUNCIL
Allotment Policy Statement
The Town council has limited resources and priorities across a wide range of service provision. The Council has a statutory obligation to provide allotments to improve people’s quality of life by promoting healthy food, exercise and community interaction.
2. Our Aim
It is the aim of the Council to provide sufficient allotment plots of an acceptable standard, to enable individuals to improve their quality of life, health and diet, by growing their own food and providing a place to relax at a reasonable cost.
The main objectives are to manage and administer allotment sites in convenient locations to serve the community within the Town Council’s boundaries. This means ensuring that allotment plots are kept in a reasonable condition and tenants are treated equally and fairly under the terms and conditions of their tenancy agreement.
The allotment service has been heavily subsidised by the Town Council to deliver its improvement plan to bring them up to an acceptable standard. However, once the improvement plan has been delivered this subsidy shall be kept at a reasonable level, as the service is primarily for individuals rather than a benefit for the whole community.
The Town council manages the following five allotment sites.
Bryant’s Field 79 plots
Sunnybank 63 plots
Higher Raleigh 45 plots
Fairview 34 plots
Mill Road 20 plots
5. Waiting List
The Town Council maintains a primary and secondary waiting list for each site. The primary waiting list is for those in the town who do not already rent an allotment plot from the Town Council, this system operates on a first come, first serve basis and takes priority over the secondary waiting list. The secondary waiting list is for those who already rent an allotment from the Council and would like an additional plot, this system operates on a first come first serve basis, but will only be considered if there is nobody on the primary waiting lists.
The allotment waiting lists are updated every Friday and can be viewed here on the Town Council website at the top of this page.
The level of rents are annually reviewed and set by the Town Council’s Finance and General Purposes Committee. Rents are calculated per 10 square metres, for billing purposes plot measurements are rounded to the nearest tenth of a square metre. The Council offers a 20% rent reduction to over 65’s, disabled and community groups and charities.
Tenants shall be requested to pay £10 plot deposit, which is refundable on vacating the plot if it is left in a lettable condition, otherwise the deposit will be retained by the Council to contribute towards the clearance cost. Tenants shall be requested to pay a £5 key deposit, which is refundable if the key is returned to the Town Council offices on vacating the allotment plot. Deposits will be refunded by cheque unless otherwise requested.
The Council holds an annual allotment competition all allotments are judged by an independent external judge. The Council awards a cup to “The Best Kept Individual Allotment” and £20 garden vouchers and certificate to each “Best Kept Plot on Site”.
9. Environmental Information
The Town Council will encourage tenants to maintain their plots in an environmentally friendly way as set out below:-
* Re-using materials and use of recycled materials
* Minimal use of pesticides
* Minimal use of artificial fertilisers
* Reduction in water consumption and encourage use of water butts
Where the Town Council is responsible it will maintain the infrastructure of the sites including: - paths, boundary walls and fences, gates and water supplies. Vacant plots will be re-let as soon as possible to avoid them appearing neglected. If necessary, the Town council will clear vacant plots by strimming and removing dangerous materials. In the event of vandalism the Town Council will report all incidents to the police and repair/replace its property. Tenants are responsible for their own property, if a tenant’s property is stolen or vandalised they are encouraged to inform the Town Council and report the incident to the police.
11. Community groups and Charities
The Town council shall let up to 10% of its allotments to community groups, charities and schools. Community groups’ charities and schools will be requested to pay plot and key deposits and water charges but will be entitled to a 20% reduction in rent.
12. Tenancy Agreement
The Tenancy Agreement is between the Town Council and the allotment tenant, it sets out the terms and conditions of having an allotment plot. There shall be no sub-letting, joint tenancies, transferring or swapping of allotments. However Tenancy Agreements maybe made between the Town Council and community group/organisations at the discretion of the Allotment Committee. Tenants will be sent a Tenancy Agreement by recorded delivery upon accepting an allotment plot, there will be a £25 administration charge for each additional Tenancy Agreement requested.
13. Health and Safety
To abide by any Health and Safety requirements brought in by the Town Council, copies of the appropriate rules and regulations can be obtained from the Town Council’s property manager.
In the instance of exceptional circumstances decisions will be made at the discretion of the Allotment Committee.
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