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December 5 2016 2 05 /12 /December /2016 12:09

At the meeting on the 30th November the officers were re-elected, with Frank Beswick as chair and Noelle Ryder as treasurer. The secretary's post is still vacant. 

The main issue discussed was the development of housing in Trafford as part of the Greater Manchester Spatial Plan. The Federation seeks to know how allotments will be affected by the development, and Frank Beswick was mandated to  approach the council on this matter. So far the council have not responded.

The meeting also discussed the suggestion raised by a council officer that the Federation might become the council's first stop in negotiations with the allotments, and the Federation is happy with this, though this would mean that all allotments would have to be members.This might lead us  to make membership free to widen participation.

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Derdriu Marriner 08/26/2017 16:32

Congratulations on the chairmanship! Does expanded, free membership complicate or lighten the load of officers in the absence of a secretary (for documenting and filing, correct?)?

frankbeswick 08/26/2017 16:41

This is slightly outdated, as I have done my allotted two years. It is a job that requires fresh blood every so often.I have also dropped my chairmanship of Urmston Allotment and Garden Society, as my family wanted me to stop because of the pressure that the problems were causing.I am currently chair of a local parish charity helping refugees.

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