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Bishopstoke Parish Council

Allotments

General

There are two allotment sites within Bishopstoke Parish, one in Jockey Lane and the other in Underwood Road. Each site is managed on a day to day basis by a small committee of volunteers under the direction of the Assistant Clerk, Mrs Cheryl Taylor whose contact details are - acbishopstoke.pc@btinternet.com or telephone 07521 735539. We will soon be adding two more allotment sites - one at The Chase, by the Cemetery off Stoke Common Road, and the other at the Breach Lane development off Church Road. It is currently possible to be placed on the waiting list for any or all of our sites. Please be aware that waiting time is currently between 12 and 18 months, and that plots on the two new sites will not be allocated until they have formally been handed to Bishopstoke Parish Council.

Allocation

Allotments are allocated to the next person on the waiting list who will be offered a 5 rod plot. Should they express a wish for a further 5 rod plot they will return to the bottom of the list to be offered another 5 rod plot when they again reach the top. No person may be allocated more than 10 rods in total within Bishopstoke.

Any holder who has been allocated two physically separated plots of 5 rods will be given first refusal on any plot neighbouring one of their allocations. They will be given the opportunity to relinquish one 5 rod plot in order to have their plots closer together and the plot given up will be allocated to the next on the waiting list.

Applicants will be given the opportunity to view their plot before taking it on. However, if the plot is refused by the applicant without good reason (to be determined at the discretion of the Clerk) they will be returned to the bottom of the list if they wish to remain an applicant.

Tenancies

Those wishing to hold an allotment must be resident in the Parish of Bishopstoke when allocated a plot, and will need to give up the plot if they subsequently move out of the Parish.

Tenancies can be in joint names to allow more than one person to cultivate a plot. However, should a surviving joint tenant not be a resident of Bishopstoke the tenancy shall be forfeit. Tenancies shall also be forfeit should the tenant(s) fail to comply with any of the rules and regulations in being at the time.

Rent

The current rent is £8 per rod per year, or £5 per rod per year for those tenants aged 70 or over The Parish Council will review the rent annually, usually in November, and rental demand letters will be sent to plot holders the following September. Payment may be by BACS, cheque or cash.

Site Facilities

Jockey Lane has 35 plots, a toilet and running water.

Manor Farm, Underwood Road, has 124 plots, a toilet, shop, kitchen and running water.