Allotments to be protected

PUBLISHED: 16:06 26 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:33 10 June 2010

TUESDAY, AUGUST 26: NEW security measures to protect Exmouth's allotments from 'teenage trespassers' have been given the green light. Town councillors approved a new 2.5m high barbed wire-topped fence and keep out sign at the Pound Lane site - and within a few years the fenc

NEW security measures to protect Exmouth's allotments from 'teenage trespassers' have been given the green light.Town councillors approved a new 2.5m high barbed wire-topped fence and keep out sign at the Pound Lane site - and within a few years the fence will be replaced with a 'security hedge' of a similar height.The moves are in response to concerns by insurers about trespassers and thieves at the increasingly popular town council-administered plots.But, in a letter to the town council, the Exmouth and District Allotments Association chairman John Patrick said that there were concerns that 'teenage trespassers' trying to gain access could be injured if the fence was erected.But councillors dismissed the concerns about liability - and gave Mr Patrick the go-ahead.Mr Patrick said: "Once the hedge is grown it will act as a natural barrier and then the barbed wire topped fence will be taken down."Chairman of the general purposes and regeneration committee, Cllr Pauline Stott said: "We should go with this recommendation. They need to protect their plots; fresh fruit and vegetables are quite sought after."The hedges will grow quite quickly and in five years they will be quite a height.

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