Members of CPAGA's Management Committee and its President met on Sunday 24 February 2019 in the John Gray Centre, the first meeting of 2019.
Agenda items included matters arising at the previous meeting on 18 November 2018, the reports of Officers, the communications by Merton/idverde about the intended use of the waste bay, Merton's policy for the supply of water to the Site and idverde's implementation of that policy, and an initiative to organise the sale of teas, refreshments and jams.
The next meeting of the Management Committee is scheduled for 7 April 2019. The Committee plans to mee...
CPAGA understands from the Allotment Administrator that the water supply to the Site and, consequently the John Gray Centre and the toilets, will not be restored until the end of March or the beginning of April, weather permitting.
CPAGA's Management Committee knows that people visiting the Site value the availability of flushing toilets. If plotholders are concerned about the consequences of idverde's implementation of Merton's policy, a point of contact is the Merton Cabinet Member for Community and Culture, currently Councillor Nick Draper (St Helier ward).
Following Merton's decision to turn off the water supply to the Site over Winter (see news item, 29 October 2018), by majority vote, the Management Committee has decided to lock access to the Shop's toilet block from today, the end of the season.
When the water supply is off, the toilets do not flush and, due to the actions of some inconsiderate users, become foul and unusable. That has happened during November. This is despite the attempts of the Committee to encourage considerate use.
When they are available and flushing, the toilets are kept clean by volunteers. It is not fair to expect or a...
In recent days, a number of sheds on the Site were broken into and things were reported as taken from some of the sheds. The nature and extent of the damage suggests that the break-ins were systematic.
Please can plotholders with sheds check your sheds as soon as you can. Although it might not be as convenient if tools and any items of value are not stored in your shed, it is worth thinking carefully about the possible risks of storing such items in your shed.
If you see someone block the bays, tell them "Please, stop!" Volunteers arrange free manure for the benefit of all plotholders. If the manure bay is blocked, deliveries cannot be made and the stables go elsewhere. All users of free manure suffer.
Last week, whether as a result of fly tipping or good intentions not thought through, large amounts of shredded tree waste were dumped in front of CPAGA's garage door and the manure bay. Volunteers had to spend their Sunday with shovels and barrows to clear the blockage. If you see somebody block the CPAGA garages, tell them "Please, stop!" If the gara...
Members of CPAGA's Management Committee and its President met on Sunday 18 November 2018 in the John Gray Centre.
Terri Pilgrem resigned from the Committee, having given notice of her intention to do so earlier in the year. In accordance with Paragraphs 7(a) and (b) of the Constitution, the Committee co-opted Bree Halliday to the Committee and appointed her to the post of Trading Manager.
Agenda items included matters arising at the previous meeting on 16 September 2018, the reports of Officers, a proposed communication from idverde to all plotholders in respect of the intended future use o...
Merton has turned off the water supply to the Site. The Site has a single supply for its stand pipes and tanks, its toilets and the kitchen in the John Gray Centre.
Merton Council's published aim for its allotments is to turn off the supply every autumn and turn it on again in the spring. Merton imposes on idverde a contractual duty to take responsibility for management of water at the Site including turning the water off and on to coincide with the growing season and to prevent freezing and burst pipes.
The intention is to protect the exposed parts of the system from the possible effects of icy...