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allotmentsCouncillors in Gillingham have given allotment holders on Cemetery Road permission to install CCTV cameras.

The move follows a number of thefts and and incidents of damage at those allotments in recent months.

The Town Council gave permission at a meeting of its full council last month on the basis that the Gillingham Allotment Association will pay for the cameras themselves and also act as data controllers for them.

At an earlier meeting last month of members of the general purposes committee Councillor Graham Poulter, himself an allotment holder, made clear why the association had been keen to act fast.

‘The problem we have is that things are being stolen and broken into at the allotments. It’s a concern for all allotment holders, it’s costing money…. It’s costing equipment,’ he told councillors at the time.

He added: ‘People are concerned because they’ve had sheds broken into… and personal items taken.

‘Whether or not the security cameras will work, who knows? But it’s a deterrent. This has not happened in several years but it’s now becoming a recurring problem.’

At the vote at the full council meeting Councillor Poulter abstained from voting as he had declared an interest. Councillor Val Pothecary abstained from voting as she felt that allotment holders should have the freedom to work their plots without being watched.

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