Allotment holders hope new fence will curb vandalism

New Fence:Irthlingborough: new security fence for Crouch Road Allotments paid for by Big Lottery Fund. Allotment holders with Cllr Marika Hillson (bid organiser) Mayor John Farrar assisted by Logan Tysoe, 8, granddaughter of allotments secretary Kate James''Saturday 27th October 2012

New Fence:Irthlingborough: new security fence for Crouch Road Allotments paid for by Big Lottery Fund. Allotment holders with Cllr Marika Hillson (bid organiser) Mayor John Farrar assisted by Logan Tysoe, 8, granddaughter of allotments secretary Kate James''Saturday 27th October 2012

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Plot holders at an allotment in Irthlingborough showed their joy today, Saturday, after they officially unveiled a new lottery funded security fence - installed in a bid to stop vandals.

According to plot holders, Crouch Street Allotments, in Irthlingborough, has been blighted by vandalism for the past couple of years, with sheds being broken into and damaged and equipment stolen.

Chairman of the allotments, Spencer Wainwright, said: “ Everyone is over the moon about it.

“Everyone is able to set up their plots and feel confident they can get on with their work and not be vandalised.

“It has always been my dream to get this done since I came here. But I went to my first meeting in February and our bid was successful, so it has happened quite quickly really.”

The allotment received £10,000 of lottery funding towards the fence and raised the rest of the £1,000 needed with the help of local councillors.

Allotment secretary Kate James said that they must especially thank Councillor Marika Hilson who helped them through the Lottery process and aided them with all the forms that had to be completed.

She added: “Without her help we would have struggled filling in those forms. But I must also pay thanks to Councillor (Andrew) Langley, Mayor John Farrar, and Councillor Sylvia Hobbs.”

The installation of the metal fence began two weeks ago and runs the perimeter of the land.

Mr Wainwright added that it was perfect timing for the new fence with the dark winter nights closing in - as that is when they used to have the most trouble with vandalism.