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 Pools 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 from the restoration funds is still due 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.
There will be an interim steering committee led by Rob Sutton the current Chair tasked with formulating a constitution. As soon as possible a meeting will be convened when all new tenants of the allotments will be invited to join the Association, agree a constitution and elect a new Committee.
It is anticipated the Committe will comprise at least a:
Once the Association is fully up and running we can open a bank account. The Association currently has a residual cash balance.