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ALLOTMENT PLOTS - VACANCIES

Lynemouth Parish Council currently has TWO horticultural (garden) vacancies at the allotment site; full chain plots. Anyone interested in applying for one of these allotments can do so by completing and returning an application form. The allotments will be let to residents who live in the village on a first-come-first served basis. The annual rent is currently £40.00 per annum for each chain, but the new tenant will only pay the pro-rata (proportional) rent, i.e. £10.00 each chain until the allotment rents are collected on the first and last Saturday in February 2018.

ALLOTMENTS WORKING GROUP

THE Parish Council from time to time may set up committees and task-and-finish groups to undertake work on behalf of the Council. The Council will set their Terms of Reference, and they will report periodically to the Council”.

It was agreed at the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council on Wednesday 10th May 2017 that an allotments working group shall oversee the general management and maintenance of the overall allotment area and its tenants.

Members of the Allotments Working Group:

Councillor G. Thompson (Leader)

Councillors L. Bird, D. Cotton (Deputy Leader), C. Johnson.

Co-opted Members:

One representative of horticultural (garden) tenants [Mr. A. Fairfax].

One representative of equine (horse) tenants [Ms. K. Coulson].

NEXT ALLOTMENTS WORKING GROUP MEETING

The first meeting of the Allotments Working Group will be held in the Lynemouth Resource Centre (Bridge Road) at Lynemouth, Northumberland NE61 5YJ (opposite the Lynemouth Miners' Welfare Institute) on:

Wednesday 13th December 2017

at 7.00 p.m.

The agenda and minutes are published on the notice board at Lynemouth Resource Centre and available online via the website.

Members of the public are invited to attend these meetings, and there is an opportunity at the beginning of each meeting for the public to speak and raise issues of concern.  

If you would like to attend a meeting, please feel free to come along to one of our meetings, which take place on at least four times per year (in June/September/December/March), except January and August, and usually on the second Wednesday of each month, at 7.00 p.m. in the Lynemouth Resource Centre (Bridge Road) at Lynemouth, Northumberland NE61 5YJ (opposite the Miners' Welfare Institute. Additional meetings are held as required. Meetings of the Council finish at no later than 9.30 p.m.

There is an opportunity at the beginning of each meeting for the public to speak and raise issues of concern.  The agenda and minutes are published on the notice board at Lynemouth Resource Centre and available online via the website.

ALLOTMENT RENT COLLECTION

Allotment rents are due in February each year and will be collected on the first and last Saturday in February between 10.00 a.m. and 12 noon in the Library at Lynemouth Resource Centre (Bridge Road) at Lynemouth, Northumberland NE61 5YJ (opposite the Lynemouth Miners' Welfare Institute). Tenants who do not pay will be given notice to quit. Vacant allotments can then be re-let to residents on the waiting list.

All plots currently have a waiting list. Any vacant or relinquished allotments will only be re-let to residents on the waiting list who live in the village and whose application reaches the top of the waiting list on a first-come-first served basis. 

ALLOTMENTS RENT CHARGES

The rent for each allotment ‘chain’ is £40.00 per annum from 1st February 2017 and is reviewed annually. This charge does not include any extra for the use and supply of free mains water.

Allotments Map

A map of the allotments site is available as a PDF document within the Parish Council's document library.

EMERGENCY REPAIRS

For emergency call-out or minor repairs on-site, please contact Mr Steven COMMON, 1 Matlock Square, Lynemouth, NE61 5YE. telephone: (01670) 861820 OR 07827 412323, who may be able to assist when he can.

Permitted development guidance for Local Authorities (including Parish / Town Councils)

PART 12 DEVELOPMENT BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES

Class A

Permitted development

A. The erection or construction and the maintenance, improvement or other alteration by a local authority or by an urban development corporation of -

(a) any small ancillary building, works or equipment on land belonging to or maintained by them required for the purposes of any function exercised by them on that land otherwise than as statutory undertakers;

(b) lamp standards, information kiosks, passenger shelters, public shelters and seats, telephone boxes, fire alarms, public drinking fountains, horse troughs, refuse bins or baskets, barriers for the control of people waiting to enter public service vehicles, and similar structures or works required in connection with the operation of any public service administered by them.

Interpretation of Class A

A.1. For the purposes of Class A - “urban development corporation” has the same meaning as in Part XVI of the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980(32) (urban development).

A.2. The reference in Class A to any small ancillary building, works or equipment is a reference to any ancillary building, works or equipment not exceeding 4 metres in height or 200 cubic metres in capacity.

The erection of buildings would be ancillary to the function of the allotments and land use. The erection of any buildings requires approval by the Parish Council (although requested and paid for by tenants of the allotment) and it is the responsibility of the Parish Council to ensure the limit in numbers of buidings at the allotments are limited so they are ‘ancillary’ to the function of the allotments.

Also the siting of the buildings should be done in such a way that it sensitive to the site and local landscape.

The reference to the size of an ancillary building is no exceeding 4 metres in height or 200 cubic metres in capacity. The query to a 10x8 shed would be approx 15 cubic metres (based on the shed being 10ftx8ft ground area and a flat roof with a height of 6.5ft).

ALLOTMENTS

As early as the 18th Century, there was considerable interest in the provision of smallholdings to relieve poverty, but this concern was concentrated upon the rural poor right through the 19th Century. There were some private initiatives to provide allotment gardens on the outskirts of cities, such as Birmingham, but these were usually more to provide leisure activities for the labouring class than to relieve poverty. Most allotments were small and more appropriate as urban recreation than to support the rural poor. In 1887 it was estimated that around two thirds of allotments were under a quarter of an acre (the so-called garden allotments) and only 9% above one acre.

There was huge demand for allotments in the early years of the century, backed by legislation in 1907, requiring local authorities to supply them if demanded. By 1913, there were 600,000 allotments in England and Wales. During the War, large amounts of unused urban land were requisitioned to provide allotments to increase food supply, and by 1918 the number had risen to 1,500,000. Of course, the requisitioned land had to be returned after the War, but there was a huge demand for allotments, partly from returning servicemen who found it hard to re-enter civilian life. Legislation in 1925 required the need for allotments to be considered in every town planning scheme, and required that land purchased or appropriated by a local authority must not be disposed of or used for another purpose without ministerial consent.

The number of allotments fell in the 1920s as the requisitioned land was returned to its former owners, but in the early thirties there was strong support for allotments for the unemployed, including some provision of allotments for the keeping of animals. On the outbreak of the Second War, there were almost 60,000 acres of allotments (about 570,000 individual plots) in urban areas of England and Wales, and 50,000 acres providing some 170,000 plots in rural areas. In wartime, there was another campaign to requisition land for extra food production, which was a great success.

Since 1945, allotments have increasingly been gardens for urban dwellers. The Allotments Act 1950 restated the requirement that local authorities should have a duty to provide garden allotments, but left out the farm allotments for the rural poor, which are therefore no longer legally protected in this way.

Despite extensive legal protection for allotments and legal requirements that they be provided, there is a considerable shortage of allotments. A report in 2010 estimated a waiting list of as much as 40 years in some areas.

FOR SALE

If you want to put a 'for sale' item on this page contact the Allotments Officer with details. Only gardening related items will be considered.

PLOT SIZES

Plot sizes are measured in 'chains'. The size of a standard allotment is one 'chain' = 22 yds (20.12m).

Plot sizes are measured in rods, an old Anglo-Saxon unit  so-called because it was the length of the rod used to control a team of oxen. A rod is 5.5 yards (5.03 metres).

There are 4 rods in a chain, that is 22 yards (20.12 metres).

There are 10 chains in a furlong and 8 furlongs in a mile. So a mile is 80 x 22 = 1760 yards (1609.3 metres).

An acre is the area of land that could be ploughed in a day, being a furrow long (furlong)  and a chain wide, or 160 square rods, which is 4840 sq yards (4048 sq metres). A hectare is 10,000 sq metres so an acre is 0.4 of a hectare.

Plots sizes are usually 5 rods or 10 rods. A 10 rod allotment is actually 10 square rods in area, that is 10 x 5.5 x 5.5 = 302.5 sq yards (253 sq metres).

In metric units, a 10 rod allotment is one fortieth of a hectare: in imperial units it is one sixteenth of an acre.

HOW TO APPLY FOR AN ALLOTMENT

If you would like to be added to the allotment waiting list please complete the allotment application form, which is available to download from the document library. Contact: The Parish Clerk who is the designated Allotments Officer lynemouthparishcouncil@hotmail.co.uk

PREVENTION OF PESTS

Allotment tenants are responsible for the upkeep of their own plot. This includes adhering to the Prevention of Pests Act, which states that an allotment tenant is responsible for keeping the land free of rats. Unfortunately, legal guidelines prevent the Parish Council from handing out rat poison any more. Allotment tenants must respect the safety of other users of the allotment site and must not have firearms, including air guns, on the allotment site. Therefore, individual allotment tenants are responsible for getting rid of rats, but must not pose potential health and safety hazards by using firearms.

 

Allotments at Lynemouth
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