Representing all Allotment Gardeners and Allotment Associations in Birmingham
It is with regret that the forum will not be available until further notice.
This is because, in spite of the clear warning, individuals have persisted in posting inappropriate comments which are certainly being considered worthy of legal action. I have clearly stated that the forum welcomes reasonable comment. There are other modes of communicating issues more strongly - media, local councillors, BCC, e-mails.
The reason for this suspension lies clearly with individuals who have ignored the warning. It is noted that some comments indicate a lack of understanding of the management agreement and in some cases are wrong.
The forum will re-open with safeguards but reasonable comments will be welcome.
Clive Birch - BDAC Chairman
The agreement has been accepted by the appropriate BCC committees and was ready for dispatch BUT through no fault of the Allotment Officers, Legal Services have now come back, after agreeing, insisting on a Data Protection clause.
As you know we have all been aware of the importance of this and have for many years operated accordingly, it is hoped the Legal Services just add a very simple clause reminding committees not to disclose data about tenants etc so agreement is not affected for further discussion.
All secretaries should have received a copy of letter Re Insurance. The cost is being paid by the City, not individual sites. I think, if BDAC Exec. agree a policy would be in place on 1st January 2014. This will save money for those already paying a premium and ensure security for those not paying a premium.
Volunteers are needed, contact myself or Chris Brown. Training will be given and expenses fully paid. Mentors will not be burdened with any legal problems and will not to be held legally accountable. The role of a mentor is to assist local associations who need advice/support on their management of the sites.
Money for Management
Extra money will be available from the Emergency Fund if there is excess left.
Associations can apply in January/February.
Emergency money is usually spent on burst pipes etc., you can reduce the expenditure by taking necessary precautions, a number of committees are turning water off during winter months and draining taps!
BDAC advised against increases, Allotment Officers under instruction to get "Full Cost Recovery". They persuaded Cabinet Member that at least a 2 year increase was advisable.
60+ concession again BDAC opposed this but Councillor regarded this as being against increase of "pensionable age" to 65, hence decision that anyone reaching 60+ from 1st October 2014 would not be eligible until 65.
Pay Back Scheme
This is available to all allotment associations and is run by the Probationary Service. The work done is supervised, tools provided by the Service and the quality of work is good. You will need to provide the work plan - clearing plots, tidying roads work on buildings etc this scheme can save you a lot of time, effort worry and help those on "Pay Back" do their hours.
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The Birmingham and District Allotments Confederation (BDAC) are a voluntary body which works to ensure that allotments across the City receive the best service for allotments holders and associations. We work with allotment associations, allotment holders, City Allotment Officers and City Councillors for the benefit of allotments.
We support allotment associations with advice and information which enables them to carry out their tasks.
We act as an active 'watchdog' to ensure the City provides the maintenance and repairs for allotment sites.
We play an active part in influencing allotment policy so that any changes are for the benefit of allotment holders and associations.We encourage associations to take on self management / self help.
Organising competitions for individuals and associations.
BDAC EXECUTIVE MEETINGS
People who are interested in the B.D.A.C. are always welcome, so if you are a member of an affiliated site, why don't you come to the next meeting as an observer? Just notify the Chairman or Secretary that you wish to attend.
They are held at Trefoil House, Brownsea Drive, see A-Z reference Pg73 – 4H, (off Holloway Head) and start at 7.00pm.
Chairmam - Clive Birch
0121 354 1512
149 Chester Road, Sutton Coldfield, B73 5BB
Secretary - Christine Brown
106 Brentford Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 4DD
0121 444 4294
Treasurer – Dave Rawlings
9 Kinross Cres., Birmingham, B43 7PU.
Show Secretary – Steven Bailey
17 Haddon Road, Great Barr, Birmingham, B42 2AN
Newsletter – Lin
166 Curbar Road, Great Barr, Birmingham. B42 2AX.