Posted: Wed 17th Oct 2018

Plot holders call on town council to hand over management of Connah’s Quay allotments

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Oct 17th, 2018


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A Deeside allotment association representing the majority of plot holders from a vandalism hit site has written to a town council proposing it takes over the community asset.

Bill Crease Chair of the Mill Lane Allotment Association has called on Connah’s Quay Town Council to consider handing the management responsibility over to them in a bid to combat “serious and significant on-going issues with safety, security and thefts.”

Mr Crease says the group, currently made up of 23 plot holders, wants to try and resolve the issues in a “cohesive and long term manner.”

He said: “The membership is acutely aware of ongoing budgetary pressures on all councils.”

In discussions we, as a group, have considered how best the most pressing security and safety issues could be tackled without putting taxpayers at a disadvantage and without taking funds from other more deserving or widely accessed resources.”

Fed up plot holders had called on the town council in the past to beef up security following a series of incidents.

Greenhouses have been smashed, poly-tunnels slashed and items stolen from the site on a regular basis

Mr Crease says he understands the town council, as the landlord of the site, can issue a licence to occupy the site to a group or groups.

He said: “We believe that if the Council were to consider this as an option plot holders could very quickly as a first project, undertake a programme of works to secure the site entrance and fencing in that general area.”

The proposal may not receive universal approval from plot holders, Mr Crease admits around a quarter are not part of the association, he said:

“We represent approaching 75% of all plot holders our views and aspirations carry some weight.

We have no wish to interfere with the activities of non-members and are fully aware that we would never be able to satisfy all individuals concerns.

We would suggest however that over time we could demonstrate that all plot holders would benefit from a revised management structure of the Mill Lane Site.”

The group believe there could be “several significant benefits” to financial and purchasing powers if the site is devolved to a plot holders.

“Not least of these would be the ability to use volunteer labour for the completion of many tasks.

In addition to the use of volunteer labour, a plot holder group could source and purchase materials using different routes and methodologies which would significantly reduce individual project and maintenance costs.” Mr Crease said in the letter.

Deeside.com has asked Connah’s Quay Town Council for a comment on the proposal.

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