We are a Council-managed allotment site in Edinburgh. People who are starred (*) have keys to the site hut, or "chalet". People who are plussed (+) have keys to the bulk goods store, or "metal container".
Committee and Keyholders
- *+ Rosina Weightman, chair - plot 157
- * Jan Bradbury, secretary - plot 58
- *+ Jean Carletta, treasurer - plot 179
- *+ Peter Shaw, site representative - plot 166
Management committee members:
- * Yvonne Dawe - plot 174
- Neil Gray - plot 112
- * John McCleary - plot 73
- * Chiara Puppi/The Welcoming - plot 160
- * Peter Moir - plot 6
- * Mary Simpson - plot 114
There are two management committee vacancies. SMAA plotholders are welcome to join, as well as to contribute to committee meetings without being on the committee.
The Council does not pass us information about plotholders. Where we have explicit consent to do so, we collect the plot numbers, names, and email addresses of our plotholders. We use the email addresses to pass information to plotholders and occasionally, so that we can contact people if there is some problem with their plot (e.g., a shed blown over). With the consent of both parties, we also pass plotholder email addresses to each other where they have some joint interest. An example of this is where one plot has a surplus shed and another needs one.
In addition, we maintain a list of plot numbers that covers the entire site, along with when consent was last granted or refused and the plotholder name if we know it. This is for the legitimate interest of identifying when plots have been split or changed hands, so that we can provide information to the new plotholders. It also aids us in knowing whether we have "communication blackspots" where people who may want information are not receiving it. If in future we receive information meeting this interest direct from the Council, we will discontinue the practice of recording plotholder names.
We take phone contact numbers on our order forms for the sole purpose of fulfilling the order, and do not retain them once the order is collected.
We send around a dozen emails a year, and put useful information on this website. We also post items on the three site noticeboards, and use a post box on the front of the chalet to distribute forms and take in orders and other messages.
For "breaking news", chattier items of interest, and discussion, we use Facebook, and reply to those who contact us there.
Our communications strategy will be discussed at this year's general meeting and AGM. Recent plotholder feedback has suggested that we should send more information by email and encourage more discussion.