New fence to aid security at Saltings Allotments given go-ahead
CONTROVERSIAL security fencing is now being installed at a Grimsby allotment site.
An application to erect a 2 metre high fence along the boundary of the Saltings Allotments was approved by North East Lincolnshire Council's planning committee yesterday.
Planning bosses said that although the fencing did not require planning permission because of its modest height, it was included in a wider application for "reasons of clarity".
There had been some confusion last month when residents thought work had started without permission, but this was later proved not to be the case.
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The application also includes two extensions to the side and rear of the existing allotment building, new roofing for the building, the creation of two car parking areas and the resurfacing of the tarmac access roads.
However, it is the proposal to install new fencing which has proved the most controversial. While most plot holders say they have been calling for improved security for some time, many residents have opposed the plan saying the fence is unnecessary.
The 2 metre fence is being erected along the boundary with Salsbury Avenue at the north west side of the site, replacing an existing fence which has fallen into disrepair.
A 1.8 metre fence will be installed along the northern boundary with Littlefield Lane, to replace a length of existing palisade fencing.
Plot holders have welcomed the news, saying a new fence is vital to improve security at the site.
Peter Rhoades, 65, said: "There have been a lot of problems and most of the time the thieves have carried the stolen property through Salsbury Avenue, and people in Salsbury Avenue have had their homes broken into.
"We need security and this is just an upgrade of the existing fence. The fence is not that high and most residents won't be able to see the fence. It won't be an eyesore."
Mr Rhoades said the other improvements would be a real boon for plot holders.
"The hut is going to be fantastic. There will be disabled access toilets and a store. The car park will have a soakaway on to prevent flooding. The whole site is being upgraded. You can't stay in the 1900s. You've got to progress."