There are six allotment plots backing onto St. Margaret’s Court opposite the cricket pitch. The allotments are being worked at the moment but if anybody is interested in taking on an allotment kindly let the Parish Clerk, Cat Bloomfield, know giving your name, address and telephone number and you will be put on our waiting list.
RULES AND CONDITIONS OF TENANCY FOR ALLOTMENT GARDENS
a. An allotment garden is defined as land not exceeding a quarter of an acre that is wholly or mainly cultivated by the occupier for the production of vegetables or fruit crops for consumption by the Tenant or their family.
b. Applicants for a tenancy of an allotment garden must be resident within the boundaries of HH Parish Council.
c. In these rules the expression “the council” means High Halstow Parish Council and includes any committees of the Council or any councillor or Parish Clerk appointed to manage allotment gardens under the Allotments Acts 1908 to 1950 and the expression “a plot” means an allotment garden.
d. An agreement to let an allotment garden must be signed on behalf of the Council by the Parish Clerk or a Parish Councillor responsible for allotment gardens.
e. A co-tenant cannot be guaranteed the tenancy of a plot should the main tenant vacate the plot. The co-tenant in any case will be placed back on the waiting list with the date of their original allotment application.
1. The tenant of an allotment garden must comply with the following conditions:-
1.1. The plot must be kept clean, tidy and in a good state of cultivation and condition
1.2. The plot must be kept free from weeds as far as possible and the spread of weeds on to neighbouring plots must be prevented.
1.3. No nuisance of annoyance may be caused to the occupier of any other plot or of any other property or land adjoining or near the allotment garden site.
1.4. The tenant must not use bonfires to dispose of organic waste, unless prior consent of the Council has been obtained. Any permitted fires must not create excessive smoke and no smoke is to blow onto any adjoining allotment gardens or property.
1.5. Carpets are not to be used as weed suppressant.
1.6. Children must be accompanied by an adult tenant and children will not trespass on any other plot.
1.7. Dogs are permitted, but must be kept on a short leash at all times and not allowed to foul anywhere on the allotment site.
1.8. A tenant may not underlet or part with possession of the plot or any part of it without the consent of the Council.
1.9 All compost heaps and manure dumps must be contained.
1.10. A tenant must not deposit or allow to be deposited on the allotment garden site any household or other rubbish or matter. Rubbish accumulated from allotment plot must be stored on plot until; a skip is provided on site for its disposal.
1.11. All hedges and other plant material must be kept properly pruned and cut back. Trees and fruit trees must be maintained to a height of no more than 2.4 metres.
1.12. All paths and roadways set out by the Council for the use of tenants of allotment gardens must be kept clear.
1.13. Tenants must observe and perform as far as they affect their plot, all covenants and conditions in any lease under which the Council holds the land.
1.14. Tenants must observe and perform any other special conditions which the Council considers necessary to preserve the plot from deterioration and of which notice has been given in accordance with these rules.
1.15. The tenant shall inform Council of change of their address immediately.
1.16. Tenants must take all reasonable care when using sprays, fertilizers and chemicals, to ensure hedge, tress and cops of other tenants are not affected. Tenants will at all times comply with current regulations as to the use and storage of any chemicals or fertilizers.
1.17. No vehicles or trailers or any other equipment is to be left or stored on site.
Payment of Rent
2. Rent is payable upon receipt of invoice. Failure to pay rent within 40 days will result in termination of tenancy.
Power to Inspect Allotments
3. Any member of the Council is entitled at any time to enter upon and inspect any allotment garden.
Power on Admittance to Allotment Garden Site
4. The Council has the right to refuse admittance to the allotment garden site to any person, if that person, in the opinion of the Council, acts or behaves or is likely to act or behave in a manner likely to cause a nuisance or annoyance to any tenant of an allotment garden.
Termination of Tenancy
5.1. Unless otherwise agreed in writing the tenancy of an allotment garden shall be for a year and thereafter from year to year, during the lifetime of the tenant.
5.2. A tenancy may be terminated by a tenant with immediate effect. There will be no refund of any rent paid for the period after termination.
5.3. A tenancy may be terminated by the Council:
5.3.1. On one month’s written notice:
A. if the rent is in arrears for more than 40 days
B. if it appears to the Council that the tenant, not less than three months after the commencement of the tenancy, has not observed these Rules and/or conditions of tenancy.
C. if the tenant becomes resident more than 1 mile outside the boundaries of the council.
D. the plot is not cultivated to a satisfactory standard.
5.3.2. On three months’ notice if the Council requires the land for any purpose other than as an allotment garden.
5.4. The council may be entitled to compensation from the tenant in respect of any deterioration of the plot caused by the failure of the tenant to maintain it in a clean and good state of cultivation. The amount payable will be the cost, at the date of the tenant quitting the plot, of making good the deterioration as provided in the Allotment Act 1950 and is payable when the tenant quits the plot on the termination of their tenancy, whatever the cause.
Service of Notice
6.1. Any notice may be served on a tenant either personally, or by leaving it or sending it to their last known address.
6.2. Any amendment or addition to these rules may be notified to tenants by post.
The Council reserves the right to change these conditions to comply with any new legislation that might be introduced in the future.