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NEXT ALLOTMENTS COMMITTEE MEETING

Tuesday 14th September 2021 at 7.00 p.m.

This meeting may be held remotely by video conferencing [Zoom] and will enable public access to be complied with through remote means. The agenda will be published below and on the main notice boards in the parish. Please e-mail the Parish Clerk for joining instructions if you would like to attend.

BEST KEPT HORTICULTURAL ALLOTMENT COMPETITION
BEST KEPT HORTICULTURAL ALLOTMENT COMPETITION
The Allan Dixon Trophy perpetual plaque (first prize) for the best kept allotment, with a smaller trophy to keep.
CELL BIG LOCAL COMMUNITY GARDEN
CELL BIG LOCAL COMMUNITY GARDEN

The Allotments Committee oversees the general management and maintenance of the allotment site and its tenants on behalf of the Parish Council. Meetings take place four times per year (March/June/September/December), on the second Tuesday of the month at 7.00 p.m.

The Ashington Coal Company began building a modern mining village in Lynemouth in 1921: "In addition to his front garden, each workman is entitled to an allotment, which can be used for keeping poultry, pigeons and other such things that a miner's heart delights in, as well as for raising garden produce. These allotments are situated some distance away from the houses in order that the residential portion of the estate may be kept tidy and free from unsightly erections. An area of 10 acres has been devoted to this purpose, each allotment comprising 484 sq. yards". Source: Colliery Engineering - August 1927.

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PAYING YOUR ANNUAL ALLOTMENT RENT

ALLOTMENT RENTS for 2022/23 will be due on Saturday 5th February 2022 but payment can be made in advance. Due to the current situation with the coronavirus pandemic, the Parish Council has taken the decision that the collection of allotment rents next year will have to be done without recourse to cash payments as far as possible. Allotment holders are not expected to attend in person to pay their rent. The Parish Council is encouraging tenants to avoid using cash or cheque and to use contactless payment options to reduce the risk of transmission of infection and protect the health and safety of everyone involved.

THERE ARE VARIOUS WAYS THAT YOU CAN PAY

You MUST quote a reference for payment (name of allotment holder or plot number).

Online banking - electronic transfer can be made directly to the Council's account.

Standing Order payment. Anyone with a current account at a bank or building society in the UK can give a Standing Order instruction to make an automated payment.

Bank Transfer, Standing Order, Faster Payment, BACs using the account details supplied to individual tenants.

Postal cheques - quote a reference on reverse and send to: [address supplied to all individual tenants].

You cannot pay using a credit/debit card.

If you have any queries about paying your annual allotment rent, please contact the Parish Clerk on 07541 774763 or email: lynemouthparishcouncil@hotmail.co.uk

SHOULD ANY ALLOTMENT HOLDER ALLOW THEIR RENT TO BE IN ARREARS AFTER SATURDAY 5th FEBRUARY 2022, THEN THAT TENANT MAY RECEIVE ONE MONTH’S NOTICE IN WRITING TO QUIT.

COMPULSORY MICROCHIPPING IN HORSES

Since 1st October 2020, owners or keepers of a horse, pony or donkey, now have a legal obligation to make sure that their animal is microchipped, registered with the Central Equine Database (CED) and that the details are kept up to date, and owners who fail to get their horses electronically chipped could face sanctions from their local authority and even a fine. The Parish Council has agreed that unannounced inspection visits by an animal welfare officer from Northumberland County Council (NCC) to provide enforcement of animal welfare legislation will take place in the coming months to enforce the legislation for non-compliance at the allotment site.

WATER CHARGES
The ground rent  does not include any extra for the supply and use of free mains water. A major cost is water charges which are metered and have increased substantially over the past few years. The Parish Council treats allotments as a recreational activity and subsidises their provision but a separate charge (cost recovery) for water per plot may be considered at any time in the future.

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ALLOTMENTS: COVID-19 EMERGENCY MEASURES

IT IS VITALLY IMPORTANT that anyone attending the allotments takes care to stay the appropriate distance from others, avoid body contact and wash hands at taps, do not wash hands or use detergents in the water tanks.

It is essential that no un-authorised people are allowed onto the plots for the duration of this emergency. The Parish Council's policy is that the security barrier at the allotment site must be locked at all times as people go in and out to help prevent unauthorised access.

Any plot-holder who is self isolating because a household member is ill with corona-virus should NOT be visiting the site.

Keep hand sanitiser in your shed and wash your hands regularly

Use hand sanitiser before opening and after closing any gate locks

Wash hands when you get home

Do NOT gather together for a chat even if you are 2 metres apart

Observe “social distancing” with each other 2-3 metres

If you take your children to the plot, ensure that they stay within its confines and do not run around on communal paths and spaces

Do not share tools

Minimise the contact with each other, for example no handshakes

Do not wash your hands in water troughs

It is recommended that any communal facilities are closed.

Bonfires - consider neighbours and do not burn anything during this covid-19 emergency. The site is surrounded by houses where vulnerable people may be getting their only bit of fresh air through an open window.

HOW TO APPLY FOR AN ALLOTMENT

If you would like to be added to the allotment waiting list, or require any information regarding the allotments, please contact the Parish Clerk who is the designated Allotments Officer - email: lynemouthparishcouncil@hotmail.co.uk

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