In May 2018, allotment holders and residents in roads adjacent to the Churchfield Allotments were informed by the Weybridge Charity, who own the allotments, that the charity is proposing to sell some 5% of the allotment land for development.
Reasons given for this by the charity are: that it is under increasing pressure to meet the needs of Weybridge residents who face hardship. Additionally, the charity is seeking to invest some of the monies raised in improving the amenities for the remaining 4 hectares of allotments so that the site “may be used more effectively and attract new, long-term tenants” The proposed improvements to the allotments include:
- Bringing new areas under cultivation
- Allowing a proper toilet to be built
- Creating a communal area
The charity is proposing to assign new allotments and to compensate those allotment holders who will be directly affected.
About the Weybridge Charity
The Weybridge Charity’s sole charitable objective is ‘the relief of persons resident in the area of benefit (Weybridge KT13 postcode area) who are in need, hardship or distress.’
The charity has nine trustees, six of whom must be appointed by Elmbridge Borough Council, with the remaining three being appointed by the borough appointed trustees.
The background to these arrangements and the history of the Charity can be found at http://weybridgecharity.org.uk/about-us