What Self Management Means
As a Society of members, Self Management provides a great opportunity for the plot holders to determine collectively how the site is organised and administered.
Funds can be invested back into the allotment site and we can set our own priorities and determine how the allotment site can be developed over the years to come thus enabling strategic decisions to be made by the plot holders themselves. Decisions can be made and action take more quickly under self management and issues can be addressed quickly.
Having a steady and identifiable income, allows the Allotment Society the opportunity to invest in the Allotment Site in order to improve the facilities and services It enables us to have planned maintenance across the site, prioritising work on pathways, fences and common areas.
The security that a 25 year lease provides enables the Society to access grant funding for major projects which would not be available under our previous yearly rental arrangements.
With self management we can manage the letting of plots to ensure that plots are vacated promptly when necessary and re-let quickly. We can intervene when plots are not being worked or provide support to plot holders when needed.
It provides us with an opportunity to invest in some basic equipment to help manage the site e.g. strimmers, pruning tools, fencing tools etc. which, after training in their use, will enable the Plot Holders to help with their own maintenance.
Rubbish removal/ Skip hire can be organised on a needs basis as required by the Plot holders.
Self Management also helps in giving the Allotment Site tenants a greater feeling of identity, and allows our members to come together more as a group with a common interest who will have a voice and be able to determine the future of the community.
It short, it means that everyone on the allotment site instead of being individual tenants of the Council are now, not only integral tenants of the Society, but also members of the Society and have "ownership" of the Allotment Site.
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