Thursday, 19 October 2017

Gross Mismanagement of Allotments

I finally have the figures from Idverde for the waiting lists and the vacant plots as of 13th October 2017. Bear in mind that there will be more vacant plots as a result of those that don't renew their tenancy this year. 


No       Waiting  Vacant                                
Plots    List        Plots       Allotment Name           

  15       04           02        Beddington Park        
135       26           05        Belmont                        
172       10           08        Benhill                           
101       17           20        Buckland Way               
  26       07             0        Bushy Meadow              
112       16           06        Bute Road                     
  55       05           03        Bute Road Orchard       
  12       29                    Central Road                  
  34       09             0        Chaucer Road               
  21       08           01        Cheam Court                  
  61       17           02        Cheam Park Nursery      
  19       10           06        Cheam Park Paddock    
    5       01           01        Clensham Lane              
  24       09           01        Culvers Avenue             
278       12           41        Demesne Road              
  35       05           02        Duke Street                    
    6       07             0        Forge Lane                     
  23       01             0        Fryston Avenue             
217       19           13        Gander Green Lane      
 63        09           02        Goose Green                 
106       21           04        Green Wrythe Lane       
  20       04             0        Lavender Road               
  21         4             0        Mill Green                       
  57       10           08        Perretts Field                
    6       19             0        Priory Crescent              
    2       07             0        Pylbrook Triangle            
  58       05           09        Ridge Road                     
106       10           14        Roundshaw                    
  57       11           01        Spencer Road                
276       14           04        Stanley Road                 
  15       39             0        The Warren                     
  32       04           06        Wandle Road                  
  12       01           01        Wandle Side                    
  27       02           02        Watson Avenue           
171       24           18        Westmead Road           
  14       07             0        Wrights Row                    

Vacant Plots figures as at 13th October 2017

Waiting List figures supplied 19th October 2017 these do not include existing tenants that are after particular normally adjacent plots of they ever become free

I find it incredible and it reinforces my view that an Allotment Site Rep Association is required to ensure that plots are effectively managed because neither the council before nor Idverde since have been doing so. The next thing you know the Local Authority will be wanting to sell off allotment land because there is not an interested and there are vacant plots, which is clearly not the case.   

138 Plots that could have been occupied and bringing in revenue

138 people some that have been on the waiting list since 2011 that could have been offered a plot and have not.

This an example of gross mismanagement of Allotments by the Local Authority and Idverde  

UPDATE

I've just received an email back from Idverde who have committed to "assist in establishing a site reps network, but that will be after processing all the payments and subsequent changes to plots etc. following the invoices, and will take some time".
Idverde described the situation they have inherited as fighting against the rising tide” and have requested that the council assist me to begin the site rep recruitment process? They state they are "happy to take over when the lady who is doing two peoples work time is freed up; but until then I feel it’s appropriate to ask for the councils support in rectifying this situation."

Apart from printing posters, laminating and placing on each allotment gate there is little else I can do. I have suggested that if they were to let Site Reps have their plot at half cost that may be an incentive to encourage plot holders to take on the role on allotments that currently don't have a Site Rep. With currently 138 plots that could be bring in rent it's a no brainer really.



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