During the period when allotment tenants were evicted by Grainger plc up and until the transfer of the allotments by Banner Homes to the Moor Pool Heritage Trust, the Association has been in semi limbo. Despite this, significant concessions have been obtained, including a £50,000 allotment restoration package and s106 compensation funds to mitigate the building of houses and also a massive underground drainage tank by Severn Trent on some of the valley allotments. Working with Banner Homes, significant clearance and restoration was undertaken on the allotments. This included ground clearance, removal of sycamores, reduction of overgrown hedges and detrious materials such as glass and asbestos. With ownership now in the hands of the Trust and the allotments being relet, it is time for the Association to engage with the new tenants and encourage and support bringing Moor Pool's allotments back to life. The long delay in Cala Homes fullfilling the commitment to transfer the allotments to the Trust has meant many have sadly fallen into an overgrown state again. A considerable sum of money, £6,441 from the restoration funds allocated specifically to the allotments, has now been paid by Cala Homes to keep to a commitment made by their subsidiary, Banner Homes. Part of the responsibility of the Committee will be to ensure these monies are paid and used properly in furthering the restoration of the allotments.
At the meeting on the 4th November, Rob Sutton, the current Chair since 2006, proposed that a new constitution for the MPAA was adopted. This was approved as a draft by those present.
Rob Sutton then declared all positions vacant and a new Committe was elected as detailed below.
Committee 2017- 2018
Chair: Rob Sutton
Vice Chair: Vacant
Treasurer: Nick Ball
Secretary: Marilyn Martin-Jones
Committee Members: John Walter, Ted Fearon, Lynda Stobert.