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Allotments  
 

Didcot Town Council has five allotment sites in Didcot with some 439 plots. These sites are at New Road, Broadway, Wantage Road, Cockcroft Road and Mereland Road. Apart from a few exceptions allotment plots are 15 yards by 10 yards also known as 5 pole. Allotments are a great way to grow your own produce and flowers and tending your allotment is also a fantastic way to exercise. 

Information about home composting can be found here.

To apply for an allotment you will need to complete the short application form and return it to the Town Council along with a non-refundable registration fee of £15, cheques should be made payable to Didcot Town Council.

We also have starter plots (smaller than the normal plots) which are suitable for people new to allotments, these are available on request.

Bonfires on allotment sites

Bonfires are only allowed on allotment sites at agreed times.

The dates for 2017 are:

Spring: Thursday 30th March - Thursday 13th April 2017 inclusive

and

Autumn: Thursday 19th October - Sunday 5th November 2017 inclusive

Only rubbish generated from your own allotment plot to be burnt on site.

NO IMPORTED TRASH

Do not leave bonfire unattended and always extinguish before leaving site.

Take into account wind direction – smoke should not interfere with the road or cause a nuisance to local residents.

Do not cause damage to neighbouring plots or wildlife.

Allotment charges

There is an annual fee for having an allotment which is due every April. 

The fee for 2017/2018 financial year is £28.00 and £18.00 concession for a standard plot.

Allotment site councillor representatives

The following appointments were made at the Environment Committee meeting held on 15th June 2015.  The site representative can be contacted by email by clicking their name. 

Broadway - Councillor Mr S Connel

Cockcroft Road  -  Councillor Mr T Bedford

Mereland Road - Councillor Mr A Dearlove

New Road - Vacancy - Councillor Mr M Turner

Wantage Road - Councillor Mr J Hart

Allotment Rules

The tenant of an allotment shall comply with the following conditions in that he/she shall:

  • Keep the plot clean, clear of weeds and in a good condition

  • Not cause any nuisance or annoyance to the occupier of any other allotment garden; obstruct divert or reduce the width of any path or use barbed wire fence adjoining any path set out by the Council for the use of the occupiers of the allotment gardens

  • Not underlet, assign or part with the possession of the allotment garden or any part of it without the written consent of the council

  • Not, without the written consent of the Council, cut or prune any timber of other trees, except his/her own, or take or carry away any mineral, gravel, sand, soil or clay.

  • Not, without the written consent of the Council, erect any building on the allotment garden. Details of the permitted size, materials, etc can be obtained from the Council Office).

  • Observe and perform any special conditions which:

    1. the Council consider necessary to comply with conditions and/or covenants under which the Council hold the land

    2. the Council may consider it necessary to introduce for any other reason (allotment tenants will be given written notice when such conditions are introduced)

  • Tenants shall not cause or suffer any dog belonging to them or in their charge to enter or remain on the allotment site

  • No bonfires will be permitted except for at agreed times and dates.

  • No hosepipes will be allowed

  • Gates must be locked at all times

  • The key must be returned once the plot is given up

  • Action will be taken against any person causing malicious damage to Council property

  • No dumping on site or importing any garden waste/soil to site

Penalty

Tenants who do not comply with the Rules or who do not pay their Allotment rent within a period of one month of it becoming due will, after due warning, have their tenancy terminated.

Notes

Rents for all sites are due on the 1st April in each financial year, and must be paid within 30 days of this date. 

Only those tenants notified in writing by the Council and registered in the Council's records will be considered as the proper tenant of any plot.  Tenants wishing to give up the tenancy of their allotment should notify the Council in writing at the Didcot Town Council Offices.  These rules and notes supercede all previous rules issued by Didcot Town Council.


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