The HAA committee has made a statement of their aims and objectives. They are:
- RETAIN THE USE OF LAND DESIGNATED TO THE COMMUNITY FOR USE AS ALLOTMENTS
- BRING LAND THUS DESIGNATED AND NOT CURRENTLY CULTIVATED UP TO A REASONABLE STANDARD AND OFFER IT TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
- ENHANCE OUR EXISTING ALLOTMENTS FOR ACCESSABILITY AND USAGE
- SAFEGUARD THE ALLOTMENT TENANTS, THEIR EQUIPMENT AND THEIR PRODUCE
- OFFER THESE ALLOTMENTS TO THE WHOLE OF OUR COMMUNITY
- ADVERTISE VACANT PLOTS IN LIBRARIES, RESIDENT ASSOCIATIONS, LOCAL PAPERS AND EALING WEBSITES
- TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THESE FACILITIES IN SCHOOLS
- ENCOURAGE LESS ABLED COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO JOIN
- ENCOURAGE YOUTH GROUPS TO PLAY A ROLE IN THE ALLOTMENTS
- RUN FUND RAISING EVENTS SO THAT WE CAN ACHIEVE OUR AIMS
In a new initiative, the three Horsenden Sites (Whitton Drive, Whitton Place and Horsenden) are going over to a limited form of self-management similar to that currently operating at Blondin Allotments.
The Horsenden Allotments Association (HAA) has recently been formed to take over responsibility for the management of three sites. A Management Committee with representatives from the three sites is already in place and a Constitution, along the lines of that at Blondin, was adopted at the association’s inaugural meeting. Louis Ryan is the chair and Roger Hard vice-chair, and Joe Mangar is council liaison.
HAA will take on responsibility for issuing the annual rent letters and collecting the rents, for the issue of non-cultivation orders, and for reporting breaches of Council Allotment rules. It will also be responsible for minor day-to-day site repairs. Responsibility for the maintenance of the basic infrastructure of the site gates, fences, underground piping etc. remains with the Council. To cover expenses and in recognition of the managerial responsibility taken on by HAA it will retain 15% of the rental income. The intended advantage as far as the Council is concerned is that it will be relieved of the burden of some routine administration and minor site repairs. As far as HAA and the plot holders at the three sites are concerned, the advantages will be a greater degree of local control of the day-to-day running of the three sites and access to additional funds that can be utilised for site improvements.
The three sites have a long history of collaboration under the aegis of HAAGA, the Horsenden Allotments and Garden Association. HAAGA’s activities as a Trading and Show Organising Association will continue unchanged working in parallel and in co-operation with HAA.
HAAGA remains as the trading association, unchanged.