The terms and conditions of the tenancy as agreed by the Committee of Hobbs Allotments and Garden Society are as follows:-
1.¬†Applicants should reside in the Parishes of Ford, Clymping and Middleton-On-Sea and apply in writing to The Membership Secretary at 27 Ancton Way, Elmer , West Sussex PO22 6JP
2.¬† The rent is to be paid annually by 1st¬† January and is agreed at the AGM. Rent for 2019:-¬†¬†
The charges are:¬†2.5 rod plot¬† - ¬£31.50 per annum ¬†
¬†¬† 5 rod plot -¬† ¬£41.50 per annum¬† ¬†7.5 rod ¬£56.50 per annum
10 rod plot -¬† ¬£64.50 per annum¬† ¬†
There is no pro-rata reduction in fees for applicants taking up plots part way through the year.
NEW MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE REQUIRED TO PAY A ¬£50.00 ONE-OFF DEPOSIT IN THE FIRST YEAR OF MEMBERSHIP. THE DEPOSIT WILL BE RETURNED AT THE END OF TENANCY, PROVIDED THAT THE PLOT IS LEFT IN A TIDY AND RE-LETTABLE CONDITION
Cheques should be made payable to: Hobbs Allotments and Gardens Society and sent to the Membership Secretary
There is a 3 month probationary period for all plotholders.
3.¬†The plot may only be used for the cultivation of vegetables, fruit and flowers and no other purpose.¬† No plotholder may hold more than 10 rods at any time, and plotholders may not use their plots for commercial purposes.
4.¬†Plot holders wishing to plant fruit trees must apply in writing to the Committee for permission prior to any planting taking place.¬† There are certain, non-negotiable conditions to be met before permission will be granted:
a)¬†No tree is to be planted less than 1.5 metres from a neighbouring plot.
b)¬†No tree is to be planted less than 1.5 metres inside the boundary of a plot holder‚Äôs plot.
c)¬†Trained stopovers or espaliers may be grown as boundary markers, provided that they do not exceed 1.5 metres in height
d)¬†Tree height for stand-alone trees is restricted to an absolute maximum of 3 metres.
e)¬†Rootstock and other restrictions apply as follows:
¬†Apple¬†¬†M26¬†¬†¬†Peach¬†¬†On plum rootstock only ‚Äď St Julien A
¬† Pear¬†¬†Quince A¬†¬†Fig¬†¬†IN POTS ONLY
¬† Cherry¬†¬†Gisela 5
¬† Plum¬†¬†St. Julien A
f)¬†Using M26 apple as an example: On a 5 rod plot, 8 trees in two rows of 4, spaced 4 metres apart and 1.5 metres from the boundary.¬† On a 10 rod plot, 16 trees, two rows of 8, same spacing. On a starter plot, 4 trees, 2 rows of 2, same spacing.
g)¬†Plotholders must undertake to compost or remove windfall fruit.¬† Fruit must not be left to rot under trees.
h)¬†Where permission is granted, the plotholder will be expected to adhere to the aforementioned conditions.¬† The Committee reserves the right to withdraw permission and order the removal of the tree(s) if the plotholder consistently fails to adhere to the conditions.¬† In serious cases, the Committee may refuse to renew the plotholder‚Äôs membership of the Allotment Society.
5.¬†At present no poultry, rabbits or livestock of any kind may be kept upon the Allotment.¬†
6.¬†The plot must be kept clean and tidy and in a good state of cultivation.
7.¬†Plotholders¬† must not part with the possession of the plot or any part thereof.¬† Subletting is prohibited and will result in repossession of the plot.
8.¬†Plotholders may bring dogs onto the site. However, dogs must be on a lead at all times, kept under strict control, secured and confined within the boundaries of the plotholder‚Äôs plot.
9.¬†Buildings or structures may not be erected on the plot without prior written consent of the Committee. ‚ÄėSolid‚Äô or ‚Äėpanel‚Äô type fencing is NOT PERMITTED.
10.¬†Rubbish may not be dumped on site, except reasonable quantities of manure for cultivation.
11.¬†Plotholders must maintain paths and edges of the allotment plot.
12.¬†Plotholders must not hinder free passage on site by narrowing or restricting paths with hoses, tools etc.
13.¬†Plotholders must keep the base of boundary fences and hedges clear to facilitate maintenance.
14.¬†Plotholders must not leave hoses running and unattended and the use of sprinklers is expressly forbidden.¬†¬† Wherever possible, plotholders should use draw and use water from their own waterbutts.¬† Filling waterbutts from the communal water supply is permitted.
15.¬†Plotholders must undertake not to interfere with the plots of,¬† or steal items and produce from, other plotholders.
16.¬†In the event of any dispute between allotment holders that dispute shall be referred to the allotment committee whose decision shall be final.
17.¬†Bonfires may only be lit within the boundary of a plotholder‚Äôs plot. The bonfire must not cause a nuisance or inconvenience to other plotholders who may be on site at the time.¬† Bonfires must be closely attended at all times, carefully controlled and monitored by the plotholder and extinguished completely before the plotholder leaves the site.
18.¬†All plotholders will be obliged to abide by the rules as amended from time to time by the Committee.¬† Rules and any changes thereto will be published on the website and displayed on the Noticeboard.
Tenancy of the plot may be terminated by the following:-
1.¬†Receipt of notification by Tenant.
2.¬†The death of a Tenant.
3.¬†If the Committee is satisfied that the plot is being neglected after a written request to clear,¬† tidy up or attend to overgrown or nuisance trees¬† has not been satisfactorily responded to.
4.¬†If the rent is in arrears for a period of more than twenty one days.
5.¬†If the tenant fails to comply with the terms of the agreement.
6.¬†The tenant moves and resides over 1 mile from Parishes of Ford, Clymping and Middleton-On-Sea.
¬†Any decision of the Chairperson and Committee to terminate a tenancy is final.