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Fury as teen vandals run riot at allotments

FURIOUS allotment holders in Chelmsley Wood are counting the cost of yet another spate of vandalism which has seen at least 15 sheds and greenhouses smashed last week.

FURIOUS allotment holders in Chelmsley Wood are counting the cost of yet another spate of vandalism which has seen at least 15 sheds and greenhouses smashed last week.

Owners of plots near Bluebell Drive say they have come to the end of their tether after, they claim, four hooded teenagers were seen trashing allotments, smashing glass and overturning sheds last Sunday evening.

Sandy Malin has held a plot for four years and says the vandalism is a regular occurrence with yobs accessing the allotments via the bordering park.

“The problem is we don’t have any security fencing,” she said.

“The kids just make gaps in the fence and climb through.

“The town council say there isn’t any funding.

“Last year the kids slashed all the produce and turned on the taps at night and several months ago we had a strimmer taken out of the shed – they sawed the lock off to get to it. “

Councillor Alf Hill (Lab. Chelmsley Wood), who is also leader of Chelmsley Wood Town Council who are responsible for Bluebell allotments, said: “It’s extremely disappointing that we have this level of vandalism and we are more than sympathetic.

“It’s a community facility that is well used.

“The plot holders have made requests to us but the income is very low level from the allotment. We lease the land from Solihull Council but we have been making representations to the district council saying that it’s their responsibility to provide fencing. You can’t expect a parish council to cover those sort of costs.”

But Sandy, who lives in Helmswood Drive, says nearby allotments at Endover House and the Onwood Club have security fencing.

“No one seems to want to know.This has absolutely gutted us.”

 

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