We have had complaints from
nearby residents about smoke and pollution from bonfires. Allotment Rule
6ii clearly states that the allotment holder shall not cause annoyance
to any other allotment occupier or local resident. Failure to comply with
this rule could mean no more bonfires at the allotments. It is a great
pity that a few thoughtless plot holders choose to ignore this rule and
also leave bonfires unattended. When you leave your plot any bonfire shoud
We have recently had some fly
tipping occur on the allotments which the society has had to pay to have
removed. Could all members please remember to close the gate
if they are the last person to leave the plots. This may help deter future
incidents of fly tipping. If fly tipping becomes a regular occurance rents
will have to be raised to cover the cost of removal of the offending rubbish.
RTC Allotments AGM
The AGM will be held on Wednesday
2nd May 2018 at Romsey Town Hall at 7.30pm in the Council Chamber
All tenants are invited to attend.
Chairmans report /
Spring newsletter 2018
As I sit here writing this newsletter the
sun has finally decided to show its face after a snowy start to the new
growing season. This should be good encouragement to get the spade and
fork working to prepare the allotment ready for planting. By now early
potatoes can be planted along with broad bean plants that have been hardened
I would like to welcome new tenants who have taken up plots over the winter
months. I hope that the plot you have taken on is not too daunting, but
I can assure you that once the plot is up together it is easy and rewarding
to keep it going.
The allotment committee has decided to drop the awarding of cash prizes
for the annual best kept allotment, the plots will now be judged on cultivation
and neatness only. The same committee members will assess the plots four
times in the same year, so that results can be constant for each year.
The committee can then ascertain how the plots are maintained during the
year. At this point I would like to remind tenants that if you have difficulty
in keeping your plot up together please inform a committee member so we
are aware of any problems. It is important that plots are kept tidy as
we do not wish to receive complaints from neighbouring tenants which may
result in warning letters being issued.
I would like to remind tenants that there is a 5mph speed
limit on site. The committee has spent a lot of money repairing the road.
Already it is being potholed, so I would request that tenants who use
the road adhere to the speed limit. We are now having to purchase more
hogging material to patch the road. Is there a tenant who can assist in
any way with the supply of materials and/or assistance with the repairs?
If so, please contact a committee member.
During the last allotment judging it was noticed that carpet is being
used as a weed suppressant. The rules state that carpet is not to be used.
If left too long then weeds grow through the carpet and it is then very
difficult to remove. In the past this has resulted in committee members
having to do the job prior to re-letting of a plot.
The use of a covering left down for long periods will indicate to the
committee that the plot is not being used which may result in the issue
of a warning letter. I would like to bring your attention to Rule 6. Para(1).
Now the usual reminders: If you are the last person leaving the allotments,
please remember to close the gate. A closed gate may put off some unwanted
visitors and 'fly tipping'
Bonfires: Please check that the smoke is not drifting over the A27 road
or towards the homes across the railway line and please make sure that
the fire is extinguished before leaving the site.
Finally, Rats: They are with us all the time, but if any tenant thinks
they have more than most please do not hesitate to contact a committee
Allotment Committee Chairman.
A number of allotment sheds
have been vandalised and turned over and other items such as fruit cages
and stakes have been broken on the allotments.
The police are aware of this and spent some time at the plots with the
Chairman looking for any clues as to the culprits. If you have had anything
stolen from your plot could you please inform the committee or the Romsy