A working group which has been meeting regularly was formed as a result of the Open Forum session on July 1st. We have made the assumption, following on from that initial meeting, that the majority of site associations would prefer to remain as unincorporated organisations rather than going through the process of incorporation and becoming leaseholders.
The people who volunteered to join the group are drawn from 11 allotment sites across Glasgow and the questions we have tried to address are:
- What should be the common features of Glasgow allotment associations’ constitutions and rules AND why should these features be present?
- What should be covered in an agreement between Glasgow City Council as landlord and Allotment Associations as their agents as to who is responsible for which management functions?
- How might we move to a transparent and recorded scheme of delegation which clarifies the relationship of each association with the GCC?
It has taken five sessions in all, generating lively discussions and very useful exchanges of information and experience in the process - despite the apparent ‘dryness’ of the topic.
We expect to publish the outcomes of our work to our members by the end of October. We will be aiming to get in touch with all the associations on GCC sites in November to collect views and contributions from you all so that we can adequately represent your views on these matters to Glasgow City Council as GAF representatives on the Food Strategy Mentoring Group. In addition the results can be used to inform other relevant stakeholders of our members’ position on these issues.
Members of the group come from the following allotments: Budhill & Springboig, Croftburn, Hamilton Hill, Kelvinside, Mansewood, Merrilees, New Victoria Gardens, Oatlands Gate, Queens Park, Sir John Maxwell, Springburn.