Minutes of Pontcanna Permanent Allotments Association – 11 April 2017

Present: Tim Llewellyn; Dave King; Ray Edwards; Sue Jones; Martin Pasek; Gary Reed. Apologies: Ian Douglas; Alex Brown; Dan Phillips.

Secretary’s duties. In future if the committee can inform Sue if plots in their vicinity are not being worked she will do the necessary follow up. 30 reminders were sent to plot holders last month, and 8 new plots were let. The waiting list is now below 60. This item will remain as a standing agenda item until further notice (AP Sue/all).

Website. Our new website is now live, pontcannapaa.com. All plot holders are invited to access the site and let the committee know if there are any modifications or additions which would improve it.

Plot numbering. Gary has prepared the plot numbers for Dan’s area and Sue will display them. (AP Sue).

Storage. The container is now operational and the spare water butts are now housed there, making the poly tunnel more accessible. Jane Williams has suggested we consider making the container more environmentally friendly. Dave will find out if an eco roof would be a solution. (AP Dave).

Hedge. We are looking to fill gaps in the hedge and Ian will obtain whips to take this task forward. A working party can then be organised to plant them. (AP Ian).

Area behind polytunnel. We are looking into clearing the debris behind the poly tunnel. Sue recommended the waste contractor she used for recent clearance work, which worked out cheaper and more effective than hiring a skip. Dave will contact them for a quote. (AP Dave).

Asbestos/ brick sheds. Sue has joined the council-led brick shed project; next meeting set for May. (AP Sue).

Woodchip. Plot holders need to be aware that new woodchip will not be delivered at the shop end until the contents of the bay have been used.

Spare soil. There is a quantity of good quality top soil near the communal compost heap adjacent to plot 48, which can be taken by plot holders for their use.

Thank You. The committee would like to say a big thank you to Dave for his excellent work as treasurer, and committee member. He hopes to continue helping wherever he can.

Plant Sale. Ian has started off the planting for the spring sale, which is set for Saturday 13 May, with a 10am start. Volunteers will be needed to help set up the trestle tables, so if anyone is willing to help please let the committee know.

The committee would like to encourage greater involvement from plot holders in the running of the site. Not necessarily sitting on the committee but contributing to useful site projects such as rubbish clearance, filling pot holes, etc. Can those interested please contact your nearest committee member.

AGM. The date for the AGM is Sunday 14 May 2017.

Date of next meeting – Tuesday 9 May, Butchers Arms, Canton.

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