Harassment and Bullying at Viewpark Allotments

Harassment and Bullying at Viewpark Allotments

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Jess Green started this petition to North Lanarkshire Council and

Viewpark Allotments have a history of unfairly throwing plot holders off their plots. The most recent case was an elderly disabled lady (64) who was ordered to leave because she could not physically fix the sleepers on her plot. She also could not afford to pay someone to carry out the work. Instead of assisting her, the committee sent her a letter telling her she had 14 days to fix it, or gather her belongings and leave – see recent social media post here.

This is not an isolated incident – a total of 10 plot holders say they left due to harassment from the committee. The allotments have a constitution and a complaints procedure; however, despite the rules from these being quoted in all the accusatory and rude emails sent to plot holders, these rules are never adhered to. No procedures are ever followed and as a result, plot holders have no voice and are subject to harassment.

Therefore, as a charity that brought in over £93,000 in 2019, we ask in this petition for North Lanarkshire Council and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator to audit the complaints procedure of Viewpark Allotments. We want them to go through each of the cases of people who have been asked to leave and determine if the ban from the site/loss of their plot was justified, and if the correct procedures were followed.


Many questions remain unanswered:

  • Who is writing the often rude and aggressive emails that plot holders receive?
  • Why if you copy in the trustees to your email do the committee say they will not respond to your email and your complaint is invalid?
  • Why when the committee falsely accuse plot holders of wrongdoing do they never apologise or admit they were wrong?
  • Why do they never allow plot holders to see the notes of the meetings where they’ve (apparently) been discussed?
  • Why do complaints from the committee or their family get actioned in 1-2 days and upheld, when complaints from other plot holders take up to 2 months and are always closed without any justification?

 

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