Keighley Town Council has thirteen allotment sites
Allotments & Landscapes Committee.
The committee consists of 8 councillors who are elected by full council at the Annual Town Meeting held in May each year, the councillors selected serve on the committee for the next 12 months.
Membership: Eight Town councillors, plus Deputy Mayor
Quorum: Four Town councillors with voting powers
Meetings: Monthly or as required
Councillor Maunsell Committee Chair Councillor Bernadini Committee Vice Chair Councillor Ali Councillor Graham
Councillor Michelle Shaw Councillor Dowse Councillor Wrench Councillor A Walker Councillor Adams ex-officio
Allotments in Keighley have been established for more than 100 years. Their requirement arose out of residents having a need for green relief from industrial jobs, living in terraced houses as well as a lack of gardens. Their popularity was considerable and land was allocated on various sites around town. Over recent years however their popularity has declined; with gardens now part of many homes, cheaper food available, other leisure pursuits available, vandalism, and lack of security. Many of the sites are now surrounded by housing and are very much part of the urban fabric.
There is still, however, a core demand for allotments, and this needs to be considered as allotments provision is a statutory duty for all Town Councils to provide.
In 2005 Keighley Town Council took on the running of the Allotment sites numbering 14 from Bradford District Council. A review was not made on allotments at that time, unfortunately it was found during the time the District Council were responsible for the upkeep they went into decline due to lack of investment.
It was noted by the first Allotments Committee that a plan was required to ensure continued improvement and investment. A strategy was to be based on the principle of ensuring existing allotment provision is brought up to an acceptable standard, and that many issues raised by the Committee, including enforcement and design issues, are addressed. The Committee agreed that any funding toward the strategy implementation would have to be met from existing budgets.
Five Year Plan Update
The five year plan was first designed by the allotments committee chair Cllr Bob Horrell in 2005, the reason for this was to enable each subsequent committee to plan its budget to improve year upon year all allotments and bring them into line with government regulations.
To date approximately 90k has been invested in the allotments and some sites have been secured or partly secured with green powder coated 424 welded mesh fencing, this has now been made the standard for all allotments due to its strength and durability. Continued investment in Allotments is part of the councils vision to enhance the wellbeing of residents of our town.
Allotments in Keighley were in dire need of investment when the town council took control of them in 2005. Over the past decade, an investment program has brought most of the sites up to a good standard.
Many sites have had new security fencing; others have new paths and water improvements; others have had additional plots created. We are aware there are still some outstanding issues to attended to, but with a continuing program of improvements on all our allotments and a new allotments officer who has all the necessary skills needed to bring all the sites into line with the councils objectives, we are satisfied we are providing value for money and will continue to do so long into the future.
TERMS OF REFERENCE
- To oversee the work of the Allotments officer and administrative arrangements.
- To provide guidance and assistance to the Allotments Officer in all matters relating to the allotments and landscape under the control of the Town Council and including assistance with the formation of Allotment Associations and obtaining external funding for Allotments & Landscapes.
- To draw up the rules in respect to the Allotment as they affect the allotment tenants:
- The rent for the allotments and the date on which the rent shall be due reserving the right to review at any time the yearly rent and bring into effect any revised charges.
- Termination of a Tenancy.
- Services of notice to be given to a tenant.
- Power to inspect allotment gardens.
- The general conditions under which the allotment gardens are to be used.
- Observance of conditions of lease.
- Prohibition of trade or business.
- Erections of sheds and other structures.
- Keeping livestock.
- Prohibition of sub-letting.
- Prevention of nuisance and annoyance to others.
- To seek year on year improvements to the allotment stock.
- To provide guidance to Allotment Associations in seeking funding.
- To consider environmental issues including drainage, litter and recycling.
- To keep a watching brief on all parks and open spaces, village greens, common land and War Memorials.
- To manage monies delegated to it by the Town Council or obtained by external funding and to check all payments made by the Committee when submitted with the Financial Report..
- To ensure that the Allotments & Landscapes Committee conforms to the principle of Best Value.
If the Chair feels that it is inappropriate, by reason of professional interest, for him/her to chair the discussion of a particular topic, then it shall be in order for the Vice Chair or in his/her absence, the eldest elected member of the Committee, to chair that portion of the meeting.
The Chair may choose to leave the meeting or remain present during the discussion, as seems appropriate.
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Additionally, the committee also has responsibility for
Damems Nature Trail was created from derelict allotment site that hadn’t been in use for many years. In 2008 the chair of the allotments committee Cllr Brian Morris met with officers of Bradford council, on the table was a plan to have this former allotment site handed over to the control of Keighley Town Council, with the overwhelming evidence produced at the meeting the site was indeed handed over to the control of Keighley, where a comprehensive program of development was put into action
Oakworth Sensory Garden