If you are a member of Ashford Allotment Society, you need to read this. Click on 'read more'
At the last AGM, less than 10 ordinary members, out of about 500, actually came. At this meeting, Jonathan Longley, on behalf of the council, introduced the forthcoming review and invited discussion of how it should go ahead. Unfortunately, the ordinary members weren't there to have their say. While the Chair knew beforehand that Jonathan was coming, this information wasn't made public as the council intended, and even committee members were taken by surprise.
There was no suggestion at the committee meeting on 23rd September that ordinary members will be consulted before the AGM, nor that the conclusions of the group, selected by the Chair to discuss the new constitution, will be put to the full committee beforehand. In other words, the first you are likely to hear about content of the new rules will be at the AGM.
It may be you don't think Ashford Allotment Society matters and don't care what the rules are. I can see many people might feel like that. However, as things stand, the Society has the official role of representing you to the Council, and if you've read this far, you are presumably interested. If you want a say, make sure you are at the AGM. Make sure you find out when it is to be held, and where. Don't rely on this website.
I have no personal position on this. If you want to see Penny Winston's original proposals for rules changes, they are below in an earlier post. If you have any comments please address them to your rep or to Penny Winston. If you want to make a comment on this website please submit it in the usual way and it will be published.