New Allotments progress

Now that work on the new Allotments site, to be called Claridges Piece and located on Foxden Way, Great Bourton, is nearing completion the Parish Council (PC) thought that it would be good to provide an update so that current and prospective tenants have a better understanding of the timescale involved and can start planning their own activity to support their move to the new site.

Legal Activity:
It is fair to say that no one on the PC anticipated the very extended nature of the discussions and negotiations that would be involved in the move from Stonepits to Claridges Piece. Various matters have emerged that have taken far longer than planned, not least of which was the permission from the Secretary of State. Many new matters have been raised by the landowner, and these have taken time to resolve. Indeed we still await legal completion of the contract whilst the final stages of the preparatory ground works are finished.

Once these works are completed  the PC will take ownership of the site and new tenancy agreements can be issued.

From January 31st 2017 the current Stonepits site should be transferred to the Hall’s and any tenants who have chosen to continue to cultivate their existing plots will become tenants of the Hall’s. This is why we need to understand current tenants intentions in this respect.

Preparation of the Claridges Piece site:
The contract requires the Hall’s to complete certain actions prior to contractual completion such as weed kill of the ground [except for some plots where future tenants have identified that they wish to cultivate organically], initial cultivation, erection of external plot group boundary fencing with gates, installation of water points and completion of the access tracks.

This work is all nearing completion and weed spraying has been done. This will be left for a period of 3 weeks to ensure that all roots are destroyed prior to ploughing.

This work has been delayed by many legal matters and there is now a conflict with harvest work. It is anticipated that this may be complete by the end of September allowing contractual completion to take place in early October.

New tenancies:
Once we have absolute confirmation of a legal completion date, the PC will issue new tenancy agreements to existing and new tenants. These will need to be reviewed and signed copies returned accompanied by the deposit of £50 as previously advised.

This will result in the entry gate access code being released to tenants so that they may start their work.

Next actions:
If you have not already returned your acknowledgement form please do so if you require assistance with the move.

You can access the application form and a sample draft of the new tenancy agreement here  – the new agreement will be available once it has been agreed with the current tenants and the confirmed new tenants.

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