Wokingham Borough Council (WBC) require the current allotment site on Reading Road
for the construction of the North Wokingham Distributor Road. The Borough is providing
the Parish with a new allotment site off Woodward Close. Current allotment holders
have been given notice to vacate their allotments by 5 April 2019. The Borough is
currently in the process of developing the new allotment site.
Updates on the progress of this work will be posted on this page. If you wish to
check back please bookmark this page or you can reach it directly as www.winnersh.gov.uk/newallotments.html.
Further enquiries, including requests to reserve a new allotment when they are ready,
can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 0118 978 0244.
Please note: order of updates reversed so that latest update appears at top.
Update from Wokingham Borough Council on 7 March 2019
“Following discussions with the contractor constructing the new allotment it is now
apparent that we are not going to hit our deadline to have completed the works this
week. The revised programme shows that the allotment will be completed by the beginning
of April and should be available for occupation by the allotment holders from Monday
7th April. I appreciate that this is not the news that the PC and the allotment holders
were hoping to hear and can only apologise for the inconvenience. Adam will be in
touch in due course to rearrange the assisted moving days with the Parish Council
which will now not be going ahead in the last two weeks of March.
In order to facilitate this slippage in the programme we have approached our other
contractors Balfour Beatty and they have agreed to delay moving into the existing
allotment site until 1st of May.
Update and request for feedback (19 February 2019)
The new allotment garden is taking shape with two access roads and parking areas
currently being constructed. The wet and snowy weather has caused a delay, but the
contractor is now making really good progress. With the weather predicted to improve
(and Spring around the corner!) they are reasonably confident that the allotment
garden will be ready by the end of March.
We are working with Wokingham BC to refine a 'Move Plan' and that essentially means
providing transport to get produce/equipment/tools from the existing allotments to
the new site. At this stage we are looking to offer 1 day during the week commencing
18 March and the weekend of the 23/24 March and 1 day during the week commencing
25 March and the weekend of the 30/31 March. Ideally, we will try and allocate some
time slots that are convenient for you so if you could please let us know if you
have any preference for day/time, and what assistance you may require, that would
be really helpful.
As agreed at the open meeting on 11 January 2019, 3 large steel shipping containers
will be provided that will each have a single entrance protected with a combination
lock . They will be lit by motion-activated solar-powered lights but will not be
provided with electric power points.
Before committing to provide the containers, we would like to have an idea of the
likely demand and if individual lockers are required. So, if a locker (1ft wide
x 1ft deep x 5ft10in high) were to be provided for you in one of those containers,
would you commit to making use of it? In deciding, will you please consider the
The containers will be a fair walk from some allotments, especially those in the
middle of the site
Individual allotment holders' own sheds would perhaps provide more convenient and
larger storage, even with the smallest shed (3ft x 2ft x 5ft 10in)
Storage in individual sheds will be safer than on the old allotments due to the 2m
security fence around the boundary and lockable entrance gates
Vehicle access is available next to each allotment, so tools could easily be returned
to a car
Would you commit to making use of such a locker if it was bigger, for example 3ft
wide x 1ft deep x 5ft10in high, bearing in mind that it would be some distance from
Do you have any other suggestion(s) for how these containers could be used, other
than for storage? We would only provide the containers if there is demand for them,
so please do say if you feel they should or should not be provided.
There will be other facilities on site including two compost toilets (one at each
end of the site) and a manure dump around the half way point.
Please send your feedback (particularly about the containers) to the Parish Clerk
at email@example.com Wednesday, 27 February 2019.
Update from Wokingham Borough Council on 17 January 2019
In response to a question from Cllr Prue Bray about the imminent tree felling near
the existing allotments, Laura Callan of WBC replied that:
"Balfour Beatty have confirmed that they will not shut the access to the allotments
during the tree felling activity. They will put in place a marshalling system to
ensure safe passage for anyone using the allotments. They will also share the exact
date that they plan to be working in that area."
Meeting to update Allotment Holders (posted 7 December 2018)
All current and future allotment holders are invited to a meeting on Friday 11 January
2018 from 19.00 to discuss the new Winnersh allotments, to hear the latest information
and to ask questions about the transfer to the new allotments. The meeting will be
held in the Sindlesham Room at the Winnersh Community Centre.
Update from Wokingham Borough Council (posted 29 November 2018)
A contractor has now been appointed to carry out the work of constructing the new
allotment site. Andy Glencross, WBC, answering an enquiry regarding the latest status
of the new allotments:
“I will endeavour to ensure there are no further avoidable delays to the project,
I do appreciate that delays to date are less than ideal. For your information we
now have a programme from our contractor who will be starting on site on the 7th
January and finished by the 28th February. If there is an opportunity to move fruit
trees before this date I will be in touch."
Update from Wokingham Borough Council on 24 October 2018
“Rather frustratingly there was a one month delay in getting the approved works out
to tender at the beginning of the September, and whilst the tender process is now
underway WBC will not be in a position to appoint a contractor until the end of October.
Providing we receive a suitable bid for the tender then the revised project programme
should allow us to finish construction of the allotments by the end of February 2019.
Once we have appointed a contractor and have a start date we will make sure that
we share the revised programme with the allotment holders through the Parish Council.”