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Worthing Allotments General Information

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Introduction

There are eight allotment sites in Worthing; any resident living within the Borough of Worthing aged over 18 may apply to rent an allotment plot. Sites are spread across the Borough and plots are of varying sizes. There are just over 1,000 plots and the average size of a plot is 5 square rods (1 square rod is approximately 126 square metres).

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Worthing Allotment Management (WAM)

Worthing Allotment Management (WAM) was formed by the tenants of West Tarring allotments who volunteered to take control of the running and management of the allotment site and approached the Council with a plan. From 1st October 2013 the allotments at West Tarring ceased to be run by the Council and since then the tenants themselves elected a committee to run and manage the allotments.

From 1st October 2015, WAM, which has expanded in size and has formed a bigger group, will take over seven of the eight allotment sites following a vote by all tenants in Worthing who had a chance to vote on whether to stay managed by the Council or follow the WAM model at West Tarring. The framework that WAM and Worthing Borough Council will work to, is a Service Level Agreement (SLA) drawn up to allow a clear understanding of roles and responsibilities. Humber Avenue allotment tenants elected to stay managed by Worthing Borough Council. All the allotment land continues to be owned by Worthing Borough Council.

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Availability

You need to be added to a waiting list to be informed about availability.

  • Humber Avenue allotment site: For the Humber Avenue site in Worthing which will continued to be managed by Worthing Borough Council you will need to apply to the council (see waiting list application below).
  • All other allotment sites in Worthing: From the 1st October 2015 will be managed by Worthing Allotment Management (WAM). For these sites you need to apply to WAM's waiting list (see waiting list application below).

Whichever site you wish to rent an allotment at, you will be notified when you reach the top of the list and will be invited to view the allotment plot and, if you want to rent that plot, you will need to complete an allotment rental agreement form. You will be issued with a key to the allotment site and will receive a copy of the rules and conditions which you will need to agree to follow.

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Bonfires

Bonfires are not permitted at Humber Avenue allotments, for other sites, please see the Rules and conditions for WAM sites.

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What to do if you want an allotment in Worthing

If you want to go on the waiting list for an allotment at Humber Avenue, please click on the link below to take you to the on-line form to apply for an allotment. Once you complete and submit your application, we will notify you when an allotment plot becomes available.

If you want to apply for an allotment on any of the other allotment sites, please click on the link below to go to the WAM allotment site.

I want to apply for an allotment at the Humber Avenue site in Worthing

The Humber Avenue allotment site is managed by Worthing Borough Council

You can complete the online application for an allotment form to start the process:

If a plot becomes available we will contact you.

Full details of costs are available on application.

Finally when you have agreed an allocated plot you will need to fill in an 'allotment agreement' form. Then as long as you comply with the terms of the agreement the allotment plot is available for your use.

I want to apply for an allotment at any of the other sites in Worthing

From the 1st October 2015 all of the allotment sites except for Humber Avenue (see above) will be managed by Worthing Allotment Management (WAM) and you must apply to their waiting list.

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Charges for Worthing allotments

For the 2016/17 allotment year which commences on 1st October 2016, the charge for Humber Avenue allotments is £9.30 per rod. Prices are subject to an annual increase in April, prices correct as at 01-04-2016. 

For the 2017/18 allotment year which commences on 1st October 2017, the charge for Humber Avenue allotments will be £10.00 per rod. Prices are subject to an annual increase in April, prices correct as at 01-04-2017.

WAM rent for their seven sites is currently £8.00 per rod.

Any tenant who reaches 65 years of age can apply to the Council (Humber Avenue site only) for a discount of 30%. Proof of age is required to claim this discount. This can be in the form of a photocopy of your bus pass, birth certificate or some other official document showing your date of birth on it. WAM operate a similar discount and you will need to contact WAM if you have an allotment on one of their sites.

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