Waiting List Policy

This policy adopted by the committee in 2020

Background: - after many years of short and easily managed waiting lists, we experienced a hige increase in demand in 2020 after lockdown. A more formal policy was required and the policy below agreed by the committee.

  1. Each of our 4 fields has a separate waiting list and field stewards who manage them.
  2. To join a waiting list applicants contact the relevant field steward for that field and provide full contact details, such as name, phone, email.
  3. Our field stewards' contact details are published on our website. The Kettering Council website also provides links to us and other allotments in the vicinity.
  4. Applicants may be on more than one waiting list if they have no preference, on the assumption that they will rent the first available plot.
  5. The tenancy conditions are such that applicants must be named adult individuals, who may represent a household/family or organisation. The named individual remains responsible forthe tenancy.
  6. Applicants and tenants must be adults, resident or working in Kettering.
  7. Waiting lists are chronological, with no queue jumping.
  8. Whilst demand is high for allotments, new tenants will be restricted to one 5-pole plot per household. Existing tenants with more than 5 poles will not be affected.
  9. Existing plot holders who wish to apply for additional land will be treated sympathetically. When demand is low and there is no waiting list it may be possible to rent additional land. Such requests will only be granted when there is no waiting list, vacant plots and the tenant's current plot is fully cultivated.
  10. When there is high demand for allotments if the applicant declines the plot they are offered but wishes to remain on the waiting list, then this request will be treated sympathetically. It may be necessary to move the applicant to the bottom of the waiting list.
  11. Applicants on the waiting list will be contacted annually in December or early January to determine whether they wish to remain on the list. If no response has been received after 28 days, their details will be removed from the waiting list.
  12. This policy was adopted by the committee at its meeting of October 2020.
  13. This policy may be reviewed and amended by the committee.
  14. waiting list policy ends