Allotments in Hartlepool
On 6 December 2016 the Government introduced an “Avian Influenza Prevention Zone” across the whole of the UK. The measures affect all allotment holders keeping poultry or other captive birds, including pigeons.
The Government on the 18th January reinstated/extended the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone. Those flocks within the higher risk areas (which includes all allotment sites in Hartlepool) must continue to be housed either indoors or under fully netted structures to prevent direct and indirect contact with wild birds.
Further information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/bird-flu-prevention-zone-extended-to-cover-whole-of-england
Read the updated statement from Hartlepool Borough Council at https://www.hartlepool.gov.uk/news/article/724/new_bird_flu_control_measures_announced
Keepers within the high risk areas must also take steps to reduce the risk of infection. These are:
- Keep feed and water inside where they cannot be contaminated, feed birds inside and keep them away from standing water
- Minimise movement in and out of your birds’ enclosure and clean footwear before and after visits.
- Keep the area where your birds live clean and tidy, removing spilled feed.
- Make sure you have effective vermin control in the area where your poultry are kept.
- Put foot baths and a boot brush with a Defra-approved disinfectant at the entrance to all areas where birds are kept.
DEFRA have produced a leaflet for keepers of “backyard flocks” which can be downloaded from https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/595159/ai-birdflu-factsheet-170225.pdf
More information on the measures imposed by the Prevention Zone and signs to look out for can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu
You can read the Council’s statement about the control measures at https://www.hartlepool.gov.uk/news/article/620/avian_flu_outbreak_prompts_control_measures
If you would like to find out more about becoming a tenant on an allotment, please contact the Customer Service Centre on 01429 523333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
All sites have a waiting list and you can put your name down by completing our online form below or by contacting the Customer Service Centre:
Hartlepool Borough Council is responsible for the maintenance and management of over a thousand allotment plots across 16 sites in the town.
We maintain the tenancy details, undertake regular inspections, take enforcement action, deal with complaints, organise repairs and issue invoices.
Allotment rents vary, depending on the size of the plot.