Coronavirus - Important notice to allotment holders
NOTICE TO ALL USERS - OPERATION OF THE TOWN COUNCIL’S ALLOTMENTS
The recent Government guidance makes it clear that unless absolutely essential everyone should stay at home and avoid unnecessary contact with other people as this is the best way to reduce the spread of infection. These restrictions place a responsibility on everyone including the Town Council to do their best to ensure that the advice on ‘social distancing’ is followed.
Whilst the Town Council’s allotments remain accessible, before entering the site, we would ask you to consider if your visit is really necessary. If the answer is yes, please observe the common sense rules around keeping your distance from others (two metres) where practical and treating any publicly accessible surfaces as potential sources of infection. In particular you may wish to exercise caution when using gates and padlocks and consider using gloves when operating them (a clear plastic bag as a glove also works).
For all enquiries please contact the Town Council via email firstname.lastname@example.org
The annual rent for your plot(s) is now due. Rental charges from 1st January 2020 are listed below and as are the agreed charges for the year after. All payments should be received by Monday 2 December 2019. Unpaid plots will be repossessed on 2nd January 2020.
Allotment Tenancy Agreement Changes
The Allotment Tenancy Agreement has undergone a review with some changes to its terms to provide clarity. The full tenancy agreement is available to view below in frequently asked questions 'how to rent a plot'.
1.2 The Tenant shall use the allotment as an allotment only as defined by the Allotment Act 1922 (that is to say wholly or mainly for the production of vegetable, fruit flower crops for the consumption and enjoyment by the Tenant and his/her family) and for no other purpose and to keep it clean free from hazard and in a good state of cultivation and fertility and in good condition.
20.3 When an allotment becomes vacant it will be assessed by the Council for resizing and may be split into smaller allotment to accommodate novices.
What to do next
We are transforming customer experience by providing more services digitally and this year you will be able to conduct most of your allotment renewal process on our website. Simply follow this link and follow the easy steps, please note we are currently unable to take payments online so read the instructions carefully. If you wish to terminate your plot rental please click here.
Wishing you all the best for a successful growing season.
If you are interested in renting a plot you can email us or contact us on 01903 732063. Please state which is your preferred site but please note that availability may be limited in which case you can choose to go on a waiting list or you can opt for a plot at a different site.
If you wish to proceed with renting a plot you will be asked to sign an Allotment Tenancy Agreement
You must live in the Littlehampton Parish Boundary, not necessarily have Littlehampton in your address. To determine whether or not you are within the boundary check your Council Tax bill to see which Parish/Town Council you pay a proportion to. You should apply for an allotment to the Council that you are part of.
Allotment plots are measured out in Rods, with 1 Rod being approximately 25 square metres. The most common sized plots are 5 or 10 rods however we do have smaller plots as well.
Rental Charges from 1st January 2020
|Price Per Rod is £7.25||2020 price|
|Small Size Plot (62.5M2
= 2.5 Rod)
|Medium Size Plot (125M2
= 5 Rod)
|Large Size Plot (250M2
= 10 Rod)
The rent is paid on an annual basis, normally due in December. If you have taken on an allotment after January your rent will be charged pro rata.
A deposit of £50 must be paid at the time of signing the Tenancy Agreement along with a £5 deposit for a key.
Please also read the Bee Keeping Policy
Bonfires are not permitted on any of the Littlehampton Town Council allotment sites.
Yes. The Town Council inspects allotment sites regularly. The purpose of the inspection is to ensure that all plots are being cultivated, weed-free and kept safe and tidy in general.
If on a visit or after a complaint a plot is found to be untidy and uncultivated we send an 'improvement notice' letter to the tenant. A further inspection is carried out within 4 weeks after the notice period has expired, and if there are no improvements in cultivation a notice of termination will be sent.
Tenants must notify the Town Council of any changes to their address or status. If a tenant moves outside the boundary of Littlehampton Town Council their tenancy will be terminated.
There is no notice period observed. However you must inform us as soon as you have decided to give up the plot and you must ensure that it's ready to be cultivated again by a new tenant. Providing everything is in order your deposit will be returned.
*If a plot will incurr costs in excess of £50 you will be charged for these additional costs.
If you have a complaint to make about the condition of a plot or the behaviour of one of the tenants please contact us immediately on 01903 732063.
We aim to keep all allotment sites safe and secure.
It is the Town Council’s policy to report all crimes and incidents of vandalism and anti-social behaviour. Should you witness any incidents please report them in the first instance to the Police on 101 (999 if an emergency) who will issue a Crime Number. The Town Council should be made aware of any reports to the Police and the crime number as soon as possible.
Allotments Working Group
The Allotments Working Group, comprising of Councillors and representatives of the Littlehampton Allotment and Leisure Gardens Association, (LALGA), meet three times a year to discuss ideas for improving the sites. Their comments and suggestions are then taken to the Community Resources Committee for approval.