On the 31st October, 2015, Newton Hall Allotments were given ‘self managed’ status from Durham County Council. This means that whilst DCC are still the landowners, we are free to manage our waiting list, allocate plots, conduct regular inspections and to set our own rents as opposed to paying the rates agreed by the Council. This also means that our rules can differ to the ones laid out by DCC.
Please see the constitution document link below for more information.
Rules for members
At Newton Hall Allotments Association we abide by the tenancy rules set out by DCC, however we also have enhanced some of these in order to ensure standards are maintained.
Each member is given a copy of the association rules when they accept an allotment, and currently the committee are reviewing the rules we issue to ensure they are up to date and accurate, and members will have an opportunity to vote on these at the AGM in November 2019.
Some Frequently asked Questions
for 2018-19 rents are as follows:
Rents are due by the 31st December each year and payments can be made in cash, by cheque payable to Newton Hall Allotment Association, or by bank transfer.
The code for the gates is changed in January of each year, and will be divulged to members when payments are received.
This is because the allotments adjoin residential properties on two sides and we like to alert the residents when burn days are happening.
For 2019 the burn dates are:
The committee will take firm action against any plotholder allowing a fire on any date other than these.
In such circumstances you may need to email us using one of the following email addresses:
NB: in order to use the whole email address, you must type newtonhallallotments.co.uk after the @ (with no spaces)
|Email (followed by newtonhallallotments.co.uk)||Purpose|
|chair@||To contact the Chairperson|
|secretary@||To contact the Secretary|
|treasurer@||To contact the Treasurer, for example to advise when rent payments have been made|
|adults@||To report a safeguarding issue, for example where inappropriate contact has been made with a vulnerable person|
|committee@||To contact the committee, for example to request something is discussed at the next committee meeting|
|enquiries@||For general enquiries and messages, including for an update on waiting list positions|
Thinking of applying?
If you have decided to apply for an allotment, you will need to fill out an application on the Durham County Council website where you can see information on other allotment sites nearby. It may be necessary for you to sign up to the council’s Do It Online service in order to use this.
Once you have registered or an allotment, the council send us an email with your details and we will respond within 48 hours by email to confirm receipt of your application.