How the Community Allotments Association was formed
The initial agreement between the Council and the Midsomer Norton Allotment Association commenced on the 1st October 2012 until 30th September 2017. There are approximately 65 plots of varying sizes.
The allotment holders committee manages the day-to-day running of the allotments. This opens up the opportunity for the Association to apply for funding from other bodies to for example bulk-buy seed and plants etc. and to facilitate social events.
The Association invoices all tenants and collects all rent into its own bank account. An annual sum will then be paid on invoice to the Council for the following services:
- General maintenance of the access road, boundary fences, and car-parking areas
- Public Liability Insurance
- Provision and maintenance of the current water supply
- Payment of all rates and taxes as may be charged upon the Allotment Garden
- Provision of any necessary pest control measures
The Association manages the waiting list and allocates plots as available. The Association undertakes to manage the allotment gardens and paths between them, to maintain the code of conduct for allotment holders, and decide on any necessary transfer to new tenants. The financial year ends 30th September.
In return for the reduction in officer time spent managing the allotments, the invoice to the Association from the Council will amount to a sum that leaves the Association £500 a year.
Only those who live within the Midsomer Norton area are entitled to an allotment. Westfield and Radstock have their own allotment allocations.
The Allotment Association is currently managed by the following members –
Inishkea Bishop – Chair
Simon Green – Treasurer
Emma Abdullah – Site Officer
Secretary – Vacant (this position will be available to apply for at the next AGM)