The Kingsway Allotments Association

Brief History of the Association

The Kingsway Allotment Association was set up in 2003  to promote the best interests of plotholders on the Kingsway Allotment Colony and to provide a collective voice for the colony to relevant outside bodies.

The Association exists to promote  the growing of  vegetables, fruit and flowers and the sharing of knowledge and skills  to that end.

 

The Association is keen to encourage  the formation of community organisations representing the interests of other allotment colonies locally and  also to help ensure the adequate provision of allotments across Cheshire West and Chester  Borough.

2003 - Association formed


2004 -  Funds raised to install security gates at entrances. Entrance tracks surfaced with tarmac road scrapings by volunteers from the association


2005 - Communal plot Plot 29) negotiated from the Council—funds raised for installation of raised beds, pavilion and polytunnel.


2006 - Shed erected, raised beds installed and polytunnel installed, all though volunteer effort. Borehole commissioned and drainage pond project completed resulting in  improved drainage of site.


2007 - First Manure delivery organised for members


2008 - First annual Soil Improver delivery organised


2010 - NGS Open Day—members of the public invited to view allotment site


2011- Large Tipper Wheelbarrow, Generator and mower purchased through funds raised . Metal shed purchased and installed to house equipment.
First leaf delivery organised


2012 - NGS Open Day—members of the public invited to view allotment site

 

2014 - Kingsway Allotments Colony  become self managed allotment site

How the Association is run

The Association is democratically run and has regular meetings during the winter and spring months. Summertime is for getting out on the plot!

The Association Committee consists of 6 ordinary members and four Officers elected at an Annual general Meeting each year as detailed below

Chair:

Jules Miller - Tel. 381511 jules.miller@mac.com

Secretary:

Maria Heywood - Tel. 311410 maria.heywood@virgin.net

Treasurer:

Trevor Stephenson - Tel. 345721 trevorstephenson@yahoo.co.uk

 

Download an information sheet about the Association here.

 

Through a process of discussion involving plot holders on the Kingsway Allotments site the Association agreed that it would enter into negotiations with Cheshire West and Chester Council to become a "self managing site" under a long term lease with the Council.

 

We are now pleased to report that this process was completed in May 2014 and legal agreements have now been signed. The Association has developed its own tenancy agreements along with a set of rules that all plotholders are expected to abide by. You can download the rules that the Association has agreed that all plotholders should follow.  Follow this link to look at the Rules that have been drawn up and agreed by

members. Our constitution is available to read by following this link.

 

The Association will now be responsible for site security, all lettings of plots, overseeing uncultivated plots (and allocating them to new plot holders when appropriate), ensuring proper maintenance of all pathways on the site, managing the community plot and arranging for the provision of water to the site through two stand pipes.

 

Watch this website for further developments!

 

The Allotment site

There are 35 full sized and half plots on the Kingsway Allotment site which is owned  by Cheshire West and Chester Council but fully managed by the Kingsway Allotment Association

Each plot-holder pays a standard rent to the Association under a standard tenancy agreement.

Situated between Brook Lane and Kingsway West in Chester and surrounded completely by housing, the colony has the benefit of a fertile, secure and attractive open site.

The Kingsway Allotment site plan