Allotment Minutes – 23rd July 2019
HARWICH TOWN COUNCIL
Guildhall, Church Street, Harwich, Essex CO12 3DS
Tel: 01255 507211
MINUTES of the Meeting of the ALLOTMENTS COMMITTEE
The Guildhall, Church Street, Harwich
Tuesday 23rd July 2019 at 7pm
|Present:||Councillors Fay, Chant, Davidson, Richardson and D Smith|
|In the Chair:||Councillor Todd|
|Also present:||Site Representatives Mr Edmunds and Mrs Feaviour
One member of the public and no members of the press
PUBLIC QUESTION TIME:
|A15/19||APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies received from:
Cllrs G Calver, I Henderson and P Morrison
Site Representative Nick Botterill
|A16/19||DECLARATIONS OF MEMBERS’ INTEREST
Cllr D Smith, in relation to Item 8 as his property backs on to the site.
|A17/19||MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
RESOLVED: That the minutes of the Allotments meeting held on 6th June 2019 (previously circulated) be approved by the committee and signed by the Chairman as a true record.
|A18/19||MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
A09/19 – Tree Liabilities – Following a discussion with the Clerk with regards to completion of tree works as identified, Tree Planning Solutions have advised that moving the inspection frequency to 24 months would be acceptable.
A11/19 – Plot holders will be made aware of the rent increase with the invoices sent out in September 2019.
|A19/19||MATTERS ARISING FROM PREVIOUS MINUTES
Redoubt Hedge and Footpath – Investigation regarding ownership of the Redoubt site is being carried out under the allotment key priority and that on completion this will be passed to the Finance & General Purposes Committee to determine what needs to be achieved regarding asset management.
|A20/19||VACANT PLOTS/WAITING LIST/NOTICES TO QUIT
The Clerk advised members of the following:
• 27 people on the waiting list (most are waiting for specific sites or plots)
|A21/19||SITE REPRESENTATIVE REPORTS
Mrs Feaviour – With assistance, Joan has dismantled the old bench/arbour on the boundary by plot 4. Clerk agreed to write to plot 4 and ask him to remove debris.
Mr Edmunds – There are a couple of plots at present which are not being cultivated and one in particular where the weeds have gone to seed. The office has contacted all relevant plot holders.
|A22/19||REQUEST TO INSTALL A SMALL POND
Following the committee’s inspection of existing ponds, members considered the request for a pond on BC41.
RESOLVED: Approval given for a pond to be installed on BC41.
The Clerk briefed members on the current financial position of the allotments budget:
Allotments Maintenance Budget – £2000
Total expenditure to date
The clerk made members aware that asbestos has been found on Dunns Meadow allotment site. This has been packaged, sealed and removed (in accordance with government regulations) from the site. It is hoped that the licenced contractors undertaking work at the Hill School site will dispose of the asbestos however there may be an additional cost.
|A24/19||MATTERS RECEIVED IN THE POST, BE REPORTED OR RAISED BY MEMBERS
•Purchase of saw blade to trim tree – Dunns Meadow Site – £4.58
•Purchase of duct tape – £4.12
•Following a complaint, ivy has been removed from the boundary of BC23A by the Estate Supervisor and plot holder
|A25/19||TO RESOLVE TO PERMIT SITE REPRESENTATIVES TO REMAIN IN THE MEETING DURING CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS
RESOLVED: Not to permit Site Representatives to remain in the meeting during confidential business.
|A26/19||TIME AND DATE OF NEXT MEETING
The next meeting of the Allotments Committee will be held at 7pm on a Thursday 7th November 2019, at the Guildhall, Church Street, Harwich, CO12 3DS
The Chairman closed the public part of the meeting at 7.35pm.