NOTICE TO ALL USERS - OPERATION OF THE TOWN COUNCIL’S ALLOTMENTS
Please see below updated government guidance that relate to the use of allotments.
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:
· stay at home as much as possible
· limit contact with other people
· keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
· wash your hands regularly
Government Guidance in relation to spending time outdoors specifies: -
1) You can meet one other person from a different household outdoors - following social distancing guidelines
2) You can exercise outdoors as often as you wish - following social distancing guidelines
3) You can continue to utilise allotments and if you require assistance this must only be with members of your household, or one other person while staying 2 metres apart
4) At all times on the allotments, you should continue to observe social distancing guidelines, including ensuring you are 2 metres away from anyone outside your household.
As before, you cannot:
Gather in a group of more than two (excluding members of your own household), except for a few specific exceptions set out in law (for work, funerals, house moves, supporting the vulnerable, in emergencies and to fulfil legal obligations)
If you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating, you should stay at home - this is critical to staying safe and saving lives.
We would like to reiterate: -
Bonfires and incinerators are NOT permitted on any Littlehampton Town Council allotment site. If you have previously received permission this is now rescinded. Anyone found to be burning waste will be issued with an immediate tenancy termination. Green waste should either be composted or taken to the local Household Waste Recycling Site.
The burning or storing of materials – such as plastics, tyres, carpet, cardboard, MDF, laminated wood – is strictly prohibited and will lead to immediate termination and referral for prosecution. Tenants must use the local Household Waste Recycling Site for disposal of all such items.
Allotments must be maintained in a good state of cultivation (minimum 75% in cultivation) and fertility throughout the year. An area that is annually cleared of weeds yet remains uncropped or un-planted during any one year will be considered as non-cultivated and a notice of termination will be issued.
If you have any mitigating circumstances that do not allow you to comply with the above tenancy conditions, please contact the Community Resources Officer. This will be considered on a case by case basis.
For all enquiries please contact the Town Council via email email@example.com
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.