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Frequently Asked Questions
NOTICE TO ALL USERS – OPERATION OF THE TOWN COUNCIL’S ALLOTMENTS
Please see below updated government guidance that relate to the use of allotments.
National lock down: Stay at Home – Effective from 06/01/2021
HANDS: FACE: SPACE
Approximately 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and could be spreading it without realising it.
Remember - ‘Hands. Face. Space.’
● hands – wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds
● face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
● space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings)
Protect yourself and your family
COVID-19 – The virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks. Some droplets are too heavy to hang in the air and they quickly fall and contaminate floors and surfaces. Other smaller airborne particles can remain in the air for some time. You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within close proximity of a person who has COVID-19 – hence the 2m social distancing requirement, or by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands.
Can I still work my allotment during the Covid19 lockdown?
Yes, allotments are a great way of both getting exercise and obtaining food during this crisis.
Can I visit the allotment with my family and friends?
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Meeting with others safely (social distancing)
You should minimise time spent outside your home.
It is against the law to meet socially with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble. You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure (e.g. a picnic or a social meeting). This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
You can exercise in a public outdoor place:
- by yourself
- with the people you live with
- with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)
- in a childcare bubble where providing childcare
- or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household
Public outdoor places include:
- parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests
- public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)
- the grounds of a heritage site
How can I ensure my family’s and everyone else’s safety at the plot?
- Do not attend the plot if you have coronavirus symptoms or a family member is self-isolating – this includes people who need to isolate after returning from holidays abroad.
- Take a flask of hot water, soap and paper towels to the plot with you (cold water will work too).
- Use hand sanitiser before entering the site and opening any gate locks.
- Use hand sanitiser after closing the lock.
- Wash hands when you get home.
- Observe “Social Distancing” with each other 2 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.
- If any pets are taken to the plot they must be kept under control and not leave the confines of your plot area. Please ensure any fouling is dealt with appropriately.
- Do not share tools.
- Do not wash your hands in water troughs.
I am self-isolating and cannot go to the allotment and worried about losing my plot, what should I do?
If you are self-isolating please inform us via email or by phone 01903 732063.
If we are aware you are self-isolating and unable to manage your plot we will not end a tenancy agreement with you.
Do allotment sites have a QR code (NHS track and Trace)?
Yes, all our sites have QR codes at the entrance to the sites.
You can read useful information by visiting the following websites:
Government advice about the Coronavirus – updated on a regular basis
Meeting with others safely – Updated 22nd December 2020
For all enquiries please contact the Town Council via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Avian Bird Flu Government guidance update:
Whether you keep just a few birds or thousands, from 14 December onwards you will be legally required to keep your birds indoors, or take appropriate steps to keep them separate from wild birds. This is the best way to protect your birds from this highly infectious disease.
Poultry and captive bird keepers are advised to be vigilant for any signs of disease in their birds and any wild birds, and seek prompt advice from their vet if they have any concerns. They can help prevent avian flu by maintaining good biosecurity on their premises, including:
housing or netting all poultry and captive birds
cleansing and disinfecting clothing, footwear, equipment and vehicles before and after contact with poultry and captive birds – if practical, use disposable protective clothing
reducing the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry and captive birds are kept, to minimise contamination from manure, slurry and other products, and using effective vermin control
thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting housing at the end of a production cycle
keeping fresh disinfectant at the right concentration at all points where people should use it, such as farm entrances and before entering poultry and captive bird housing or enclosures
minimising direct and indirect contact between poultry and captive birds and wild birds, including making sure all feed and water is not accessible to wild birds
The new housing measures will be kept under regular review as part of the government’s work to protect flocks.
The introduction of these new measures follows a number of confirmed cases of avian influenza in the UK.
For further guidance please see:
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 plots smaller than 5 rods as well.
Yearly Rental Charges from 1st January
Price Per Rod is £7.40
Price Per Rod is £7.59
|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 incur costs in excess of £50 you will be charged for these additional costs.
You can inform us via a paper form available from our reception or by using our online form.
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.