Site Managers meeting, 25 April 2017

Notes of discussions at this meeting are available as PDF from this link

Click on links below to go direct to selected news topics.Topics are based on news items originally published under "Latest News" and are set out in order of publication (oldest first) to illustrate the developing story. Links to relevant EAP newsletters have been inserted where appropriate

Self Management

Rents and Finance

Hosepipe Ban

Site Security

Northfields Petition

The Ealing Dean Allotment Society (EDAS) who manage the Northfields allotment site has launched a petition against the proposal by their landlord, Pathways, to build housing on part of their site. This is not the first threat of housing development on allotment land in Ealing and it is unlikely to be the last. Next time it may be your site! As such, it is in all our interests to rally around in support. So please sign up to their petition on http://www.ealingdean.co.uk/

Posted January 21st 2017

Grape and Honey Farm - help needed

HAAGA (Horsenden Alltoment & Garden Association) need your support reclaiming delict land to create a Grape and Honey Farm that doubles as an education facility for local schools and families. The site is located off Whitton Avenue, North Greenford

The profit will be a community feel good factor and produce given to local schools, families, hospitals or community groups (like the scouts).

You can pledge time to clear and cultivate the site, and/or donations towards the £37,000 needed.

More information and news on HAAGA Facebook and fund raising information at SpaceHive, Horsenden Grape and Honey Farm.

Northfield’s Allotment  Under Threat

The Northfield’s allotment site, managed by the Ealing Dean Allotment Society (EDAS), is both the oldest allotment site in London - established by the Bishop of London in 1832 – and one of the most successful allotment sites in Ealing - all plots full with a waiting list of 72 and close to 500 local residents showing their interest and support of the site at its latest open day earlier this summer.

The landlords, Pathways housing charity that currently holds the land in trust, has recently announced proposals for taking over about 10% of the site for a mix of social and private housing, including a five or six storey building. These proposals have already met with a great deal of local opposition.

Local councillors from Walpole ward, the electoral ward that includes the allotment site, have set up a petition against the development and Rupa Huq, local MP for Ealing Central and Acton, has also pledged her support.

EAP is strongly against the proposal on the grounds that this could be the thin end of the wedge for further development of the site, the fact that the development includes private housing needed to subsidise the project, and that it sets a precedent for further encroachment on Ealing allotment sites that play a major part both in the community aspects and the character of Ealing as one of the greenest areas of London.

For more details, check out the current situation at Ealing Dean Allotments Society website.

Posted September 19th, 2016