The allotment waiting list currently has 40 people on it, and number 1 on the list put their name down in February 2011. One plot has recently been given up, and is due to be re-let shortly.
I attended the Allotment Society BBQ on Sunday 7th September and took the opportunity to talk through a couple of issues.
Following on from siting of CCTV cameras, we have been approached by the Bowls Club and the Allotment Society to provide similar coverage for their areas. Exploring the possibility of both organisations making a financial contribution.
Looking into the provision of water at the allotments taking its valuable nature into consideration.
- Bore Hole – Installation started w/c 22nd September and to be finalised by the end of w/c 29th September.
• Looking at a scheme whereby people with their own garden areas which they are unable/unwilling to cultivate, where they could come to a sharing arrangement, whereby somebody would be able to turn it to vegetables, and the scheme would allow the owners to share the produce.
Reviewing the allotment terms and conditions and also increased our inspections to monthly.
Unfortunately there has been break ins to the allotments and equipment has been stolen from some of the sheds. This seems to fit in with a pattern around the town in as much as the sheds at All Saints Church and Lime Street have also been broken into.
Lower Park Recreation Ground
• Improve landscaping – looking at the feasibility of including a sensory garden
• Improve drainage
• Increase dialogue with user groups
Bayard Recreation Ground
• Form a management structure more fit for purpose
• Plans for the dressing rooms extensions have been submitted to TDC and permission has been granted. After a visit by the Surveyors, specification drawings have being prepared. In discussions with the FA to ensure that the facilities we plan are up to date.
- Cinque Port Football Club have been promoted to a higher league, which means there are other specifications they have to meet. These will all be provided when the changing room extension is completed, but in the mean time the disabled toilet at the back of the existing facility has had a shower unit installed so that it can be used for an officials changing room on the day of matches. The work has been completed by members of the Cinque Port Football Club as a self help initiative and this is something we are looking into for the building of the dressing room extension.
Provide better storage facilities. In conjunction with the Bowls Club we are talking to providers of buildings for storage. This will be to fit in with the proposed new changing rooms that the Bowls Club are planning, so that it will all be in keeping.
• Improve the children’s playground by incorporating equipment for older children, i.e. Zip-Wire.
The plan is now to register the Recreation Ground with the Fields in Trust scheme and to apply for grants from the relevant bodies.
- Top soil to prevent moss – delayed until the end of August
- Hedge removal on playground boundary removed to enable new equipment to
- Quaser equipment to be booked within the next 12 months
Bye-Laws for Recreational Grounds
Existing bye-laws being reviewed with a view to updating and also an audit of usage being carried out.