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New Allotments in Winnersh


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 clerk@winnersh.gov.uk 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 following:-


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 clerk@winnersh.gov.uk by 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.”

Page last updated: Mar 2019