Representing all Allotment Gardeners and Allotment Associations in Birmingham
The next Draft Management Agreement is now ready and will be sent out. The purpose of the meetings is for associations to get together and discuss any more concerns. You will be encouraged to agree.
I think this will be final draft for any alterations, City have altered the original agreement in accordance with the wishes of associations and BDAC. There are safeguards for individuals when common sense prevails. No one can protect against stupidity or illegalities.
The insurance being considered covers public liability, employers liability,buildings, events. It will not cover shed contents, association assets, cancellation costs of events.
At no cost to associations what is there to lose. Individual associations can still take out own insurance as required.
Procedures for notices to tenants from Association or City will be very clear, following these will ensure associations protect themselves.
I think the agreement is workable and can be carried out by all associations who have a positive committee BUT the final decision is for individual associations.
The alternative is for an unknown organisation to take on the management of allotments from the City which could lead to allotment holders having no influence at all!
Please be positive in your considerations.
As you know many of the issues raised by members were answered and another draft agreement is nearly ready - legal services have raises a couple of issues which Adrian is doing his best to resolve. I think the agreement will be the best we can obtain at the moment. I cannot see an immediate option if we are to move forward.
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.
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.
The dates of the next meetings are:
MEETINGS FOR MANAGEMENT AGREEMENTThe following local meetings have been arranged for the following Saturdays at 12 noon to 14.00:7th December 2013Gospel Lane Allotments [Acocks Green]Brownfield Road Allotments[Shard End]May Lane Allotments [Kings Heath]one for Sutton Coldfield being arranged.14th December 2013Lower Tinkers Allotments [Northfield]Moor Green Lane Allotments [behind Cannon Hill Park]Meadow Road Allotments[Harborne]Manor House Lane Allotments [Yardley]Thornbridge Avenue Allotments [Great Barr]Please let Chris Brown or Clive Birch know by 29th November which meeting you will attend.Max 2 per association as space is limited
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.