Minutes of the Management Committee meeting held on 

Wednesday 26th April 2006 at Spa Hill Allotments




Pete Newbury         Park Hill                        Chairman

Melanie Gingell        Park Hill                        Secretary

Jack Dudley Swale        Spa Hill/ SHOGG                Vice Chairman

Steve Clements                                        President

Roger Green                Selhurst & South Norwood

Rosemarie Green        Selhurst & South Norwood

Sid Bashford                Pampisford Road

Charlie Box                Pampisford Road

Joyce Fisher                Norbury Park

Valerie Jarvis                Norbury Park

Jeanne Mitchell        Biggin Wood

Harold Lockwood        Biggin Wood

Babs Daly                Bensham Manor

Sean Dennehy        Bensham Manor

Chris Hewson                Addiscombe Woodside & Shirley

Jill Chennell                Addiscombe Woodside & Shirley

Anita Macro                South Norwood Allotment Holders

Tony Lewington        South Norwood Allotment Holders

Tim Gundry White        Spa Hill


The Chairman welcomed the delegates from Addiscombe, Woodside & Shirley Leisure Gardens Ltd (Glenthorne Avenue allotments) who had decided to rejoin the Federation.  The Chairman was pleased to be able to note this meant that once again the Federation represents all the allotment societies in Croydon.


Apologies for absence 

David Coram (South Croydon), Anne Coram (Treasurer), Doug Oliver (Sanderstead), Janet Hammond and Lynn Grant (Thornton Heath & Norbury) 


Minutes of last meeting 

Agreed and signed 


Matters Arising 



Chairman’s Report 

PN reported on the Allotments Consultative Panel meeting that had finally taken place on 24th April.  It was attended only by Barry Lambton, PN, JDS and MG.  A list of questions had been submitted in advance in the hope of saving time in obtaining answers.

PN reported AWSLG now rejoined CFAGS.  All societies now represented.

PN asked why allotments section of Croydon website changed to remove all reference to leasehold sites and CFAGS.  Gives misleading picture of situation.  Also map link given for location of Midday Sun is incorrect and actually Smitham!  BL agreed to investigate further.


Skips –


Sale of Allotment Land 

Covered above.


Treasurer’s Report 

The bank balance is £2689.   A donation of £115.75 had been received from the NSALG, which is based on the number of affiliated members.


The subs from AWSLG were received at the meeting. 


Events 2006 


See accompanying Diary for full details.  Societies please send details to PN of Open Days and other events for inclusion.


Reports from Societies 

Norbury Park – fully let with seven on waiting list.  Two recent water leaks which proved very costly – fundraising now in hand.


Pampisford Road – fully let.  BBQ to be held soon, no date set.


Enmore Road – fully let with six on waiting list.  Communal area being created from shaded vacant plot.  Toilet to be built – mains version too expensive, investigate composting.  Fundraising activities set.  Site looking good.  Open Day in June – date TBA.  New section of fence erected – hoping to build new path.  To encourage cultivation carpets used to keep weeds down may only be used in winter.


[PN noted research previously carried out into composting toilets.  Best solution considered to be Envirolet waterless self contained unit.  This now purchased by S&SN and shortly to be installed]


Glenthorne Avenue – recent change of chairman.  Grounds Steward suspended and being investigated by police for fraud.  Lots of new members.  Problems with vandalism.  Skip costs high, revised system needed.  Main building regularly used for outside events, includes bar, but high maintenance costs - £6k for windows, as much as £20k needed for rewiring.  Membership fees increased, mowers hired out, large trading hut including greenhouse.  High insurance bill, hoping to reduce this by joining Federation scheme.  Problems getting volunteers to help with management.  New constitution needed to bring it into 21st century.  Enmore Road offered help as theirs recently done.  No show had been held last year, judges needed to stage one, help finding them would be appreciated.

Biggin Wood – 100% of rents collected.  Cleared original waiting list, two new people wanting plots.  No vandalism.  Large tree on boundary blown down, Council’s responsibility to clear, contacted, but no action yet.  AGM 14th May, PN invited to attend.  Open day 3 September.


S&SN – Grow/Cook scheme disbanded due to lack of funding.  Promised grant money not forthcoming.  Four plots thus available to let.  One plot let recently to person sent from Spa Hill, thanks to JDS.  RG reported on “Sewage Abatement” on water bill.  This is refund for using water but not sewage.  Has anyone else had one?  All may be entitled.  Not apparently regular.


Bensham Manor – two vacant plots at Bert Road.  Small waiting list.  Communal area behind trading hut being built.  Plant sale 14th May.  See Kitchen Garden magazine June issue for spread on winning plot.


Spa Hill – eight plots changing hands.  22 on waiting list in 1km radius.  80+ on waiting list in total.  Successful recent school visit.  Income from hall being booked out regularly and used daily as café.


South Croydon – email report – “The site now has a waiting list of 26 which has recently been checked. Warning letters have been sent to 10 plotholders. There was a working party weekend with a good turnout which cleared a load of rubbish from 3 plots, we paid for a skip privately as this was easier to organise.  The site is looking busy which is a good sign.”


Park Hill – fully let with 9 on waiting list.  Small number of weedy letters sent.  Open day on Mela weekend 15th July.



Hosepipe ban - 

Does hosepipe ban apply to allotments?  Some discussion on legalities.  JDS agreed to enquire of Thames Water officially as London Allotments Net.  Result to be passed on when available.  Societies please note – all sites south of South Croydon are in area covered by Sutton & East Surrey Water who may have different rules.  Societies affected are recommended to make their own enquiries.


Decision on sale of allotment land – 

President expressed view we may have missed an opportunity for lobbying councillors prior to elections next week.  Actions so far had been based on agreement of previous meeting.  Some discussion on possible further actions followed.  Meeting agreed to a proposal from SNAHA for official letter to be sent to Councillor Karen Jewitt immediately after election asking for decision before 31st May, after which major lobbying would begin if not forthcoming.

[In view of change in control of Council following election on 4 May, letter to be sent to Councillor Chris Wright instead] 



Next Meeting Wednesday 5th July 2006 - 8pm at Spa Hill Allotments