Allotments

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Allotment Plots

The Parish Council owns the following allotment sites:

  • Plots 1 to 19.  Land between North Hinksey Lane and the Minns Business Park.  These have been converted to the North Hinksey Community Orchard and North Hinksey Nature reserve and Memorial Garden.
  • Plots 20 to 42.  Land between North Hinksey Lane and the Seacourt Stream.
  • Plots 43 to 119.  Land between North Hinksey Lane and the Southern By Pass.

There are approximately 100 plots.

If you are interested in hiring a plot, please contact,

Councillor Ms. Ag. MacKeith, E-mail cllr.mackeith@yahoo.com or Tel: 01865 724452

Minutes of the Allotments Committee

Allotment Rents
The 2015 charge for allotment hire is 7.4p per square metre / £1.85 per 25 square metre block (25 square metres is roughly equivalent to 1 ‘pole’) and is due on 1st January. Allotments are measured in terms of the total number of whole 25 square metre blocks that they contain (part blocks incur no charge).

A 'pole' is an historical term used to measure allotment areas, a standard 10 'pole' allotment is about 300 square yards, or 250 square metres or one sixteenth of an acre.

Please note that only one reminder will be sent out.

Payment should be made by a cheque, payable to "North Hinksey Parish Council" and sent to the Parish Clerk, 27 Long Close, Eynsham Road, Botley, Oxford OX2 9SG  You can also pay cash in person to Ag Mackeith, South View House, Old Botley, Oxford OX2 0JR or the Parish Clerk.  (Please do not send cash in the post)

The cost of allotment keys for the year 2015 is £5.00. See rules 24 and 25.

Allotment Tenancy Rules

1.      The allotment plot shall be used for growing vegetables, fruit or flowers and for no other purpose. The allotment shall not be used for keeping of poultry or livestock (except bees) nor shall it be used as a recreational garden or children's play area or extension thereof. Beekeeping may be permitted subject to the terms of a separate Beekeeping Agreement.  The replacement of growing space with purely recreational features, such as lawns, gazebos, children's play equipment etc, is not acceptable. Any item must be removed within 21 days of a notice from the council to remove it. 

2.      The allotment plot shall be kept tidy and in a reasonable state of cultivation, (50% minimum). Tenants wishing to cultivate less than 50% of a plot must have written permission from the Allotment Committee. No allotment is to be left fallow without the written permission of the Allotment Committee. If the allotment plot is being reclaimed it must show reasonable progress. 

3.       If routine inspections reveal plots are being neglected, tenants will be given notice to cultivate them. Failure to comply may result in the termination of the tenancy. 

4.       The allotment plot shall be kept in a safe condition so that it does not present a hazard to others. 

5.       Allotment plots may not be sub-let. 

6.       Allotment plots may not be used for any trade or business. 

7.       Tenants are responsible for mowing the adjoining pathways and keeping them free of obstacles. 

8.       Sheds, greenhouses, fruit cages, fences, gates etc, must be kept in reasonable repair. 

9.       If fences are erected, they should be made of posts and chicken wire to a maximum height of 5 feet. Under no circumstances should barbed wire be used. 

10.   New sheds and greenhouses will require the approval of the allotment committee. They must be built on shed lines where applicable and not encroach upon, or otherwise negatively impact on adjacent plots. 

11.   Trees may not be planted or cut down without the allotment committee's prior approval.  New trees must grow no higher than 10 feet and must stay within the boundary of the plot. 

12.   No building materials, rubbish or materials of a toxic nature, or harmful to wildlife, are allowed to be deposited on the plot. Compostable vegetation is acceptable. 

13.   The allotment plot holder must not remove, sell or carry away any mineral, gravel, sand, earth or clay from their plot. 

14.   Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times. 

15.   The allotment plot holder must not be a nuisance or annoyance to tenants of any other plots. Any complaints must be made in writing to the chairman or vice chairman of the allotment sub-committee. 

16.   Gates must be closed and locked after entering and leaving the site. 

17.   Petrol and other flammable liquids may not be stored on site. Any herbicide left on the plot must be stored in a correct and proper manner. 

18.   Members of the public are not allowed onto the allotments unless accompanied by an allotment tenant. 

19.   Children must be supervised and not allowed to disturb other tenants. 

20.   Weeds may not be deposited on any part of the site, unless in a compost heap. 

21.  Tenants must take care bonfires do not cause a nuisance to neighbouring plots and houses.  Failure to comply may lead to action being taken by the Vale of White Horse District Council. 

22.   Changes of address or other contact details must be advised to the Allotments Committee and the Parish Clerk for billing purposes. 

23.   Rent must be paid within one month of the due date. Receipts will be given on request. After one month, a further reminder will be sent allowing a further 14 days to pay. After this period, unless good reason can be given, tenants will be held to have given up their tenancy, and their allotment will pass to the next person on the waiting list. 

24.   When a tenancy ceases, all keys pertaining to the plot must be handed to a member of the Allotments Committee. 

25.   The charge for the issue of allotment keys is currently £5. 

Please sign and date the form below and return it to the Chair of the Allotments Committee (Ag MacKeith, South View House, Old Botley, Oxford OX2 0JR) or the Parish Clerk, (Alan Stone, 27 Long Close, Eynsham Road, Botley, Oxford OX2 9SG)

 

 

I have read and understood the allotment tenancy conditions and agree to comply with them. 

I understand that if I do not comply with these conditions my tenancy of the plot could be terminated without refund of unspent dues. 

Plot number.........................................................................................................................  

Name................................................................................................................................... 

Address...............................................................................................................................  

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Telephone number............................................................................................................. 

E-mail address....................................................................................................................
                                                                                                   (To enable the circulation of allotment related matters) 

 

Signature.........................................................................

Date…………………………………………....................

 

 

Provision of a Water Source (Well) at the allotment site between North Hinksey Lane and the Southern By Pass 

The Allotments Sub-Committee are pleased to announce that the The Midcounties Co-operative awarded the Parish Council a £500 grant from their Co-operative Community Fund towards the provision of a water source at the school towards the school playing field end of the allotments between North Hinksey Lane and the Southern by Pass. The Parish Council is grateful that the Midcounties Co-operative was able to support this project. 
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