Driving and parking

For the duration of the Covid-19 emergency, Government advice is for essential journeys only. Members with mobility problems who wish to use their allotment for their daily exercise may drive and park in one of the legitimate parking spaces (see below). Others are permitted on site in their vehicle only to drop/collect heavy goods, in which case they should move their vehicle to Walton Well Road car park immediately after. This will conserve the few parking spaces we have on site for those who really need them.

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Members are permitted to bring their vehicles on site. You may not drive or park on grass paths or grass tracks. Our tracks are fragile and prohibitively expensive to improve so please only drive when there is no alternative. This is especially important when it is wet, frosty or snowy as the surface degrades more quickly in these conditions. In extreme weather, for example during flooding when the gravels underlying our site are liable to shift, the Committee may issue a temporary ban on vehicles on site.

Fewer cars also means better air quality for all.

The site speed limit is 5mph. Remember,  children and dogs may dart out, or you may round the corner to find a member wrestling with an unwieldy barrow. Slower speeds also help to preserve the track surfaces.

See the section on Deliveries if you need access for a vehicle taller than the car park barrier.

Our rules do not allow for parking on paths or communal areas, other than for occasional loading/unloading. Valid parking spaces (site maps here) are

  • Room for about 5 cars on Plot 54 adjacent to the wooden shed, opposite the Green. Not on it!
  • 1 or 2 by the gate
  • 2 or by the green association shed (but don’t block the shed doors, or access to the wheelbarrows and brick bay)

Use of Walton Well Road car park – We are classed as an ‘affiliated club’ by the City Council, so members may apply for an annual season ticket for their Walton Well Road car park at a reduced rate. You will need proof of membership, which can be obtained by emailing secretary@cripleymeadow.org.uk. Your concessionary permit is only valid when you are using the allotments. Note that the car park does fill up, especially when the weather is fine at weekends. Note also that the Council’s systems do not currently allow for reminders to be sent out, so do keep an eye on your permit’s expiry date and renew in good time.

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