Meeting held to improve security for allotments

The meeting was held on Monday, September 15 at the Drayton allotments.
The meeting was held on Monday, September 15 at the Drayton allotments.

A meeting was held on Monday in a bid to find ways of improving the security of allotments on a town estate.

The allotment holders on the plots on the town’s Drayton estate were left angered by the theft of produce and damage to plants and sheds over recent months.

Several items of home grown fruit and vegetables have been trampled on, other items have been stolen while shed windows have been broken.

The Daventry Allotments and Garden Association called the meeting with Daventry Town Council, which is responsible for Drayton allotments and others within the town, and Northamptonshire Police, who are investigating 10 incidents from over the summer.

It was agreed to look at replacing the gates on the site and planting hedges around the perimeter to act as a further deterrent.

The association’s president and treasurer, Len Lewis, said: “There have been no incidents since the outbreak but we want to prevent this from happening again. All of the allotment holders work very hard in growing their fruit, vegetables and flowers and 
it is annoying to see it destroyed.

“I hope we can solve it.”