PONTELAND Town Council has agreed to pay for the installation of a water supply at Prestwick Allotments – provided the tenants agree to pay the water bills.

The issue was the subject of much debate at the council’s September meeting, with some members arguing that there wasn’t enough demand.

Coun. Karen Overbury said: “I personally think if there was a big demand, the tenants would have all come together.

“There’s not been a petition, there’s not been a huge demand.

“I think it’s a non-starter.”

Coun. Richard Dodd added: “I don’t want to pour cold water on this, but the only way it could happen is if they put the money upfront.

“If not, we will ask for them to pay and we won’t see a penny.”

But other councillors argued that it was unfair to expect people to carry water to their allotment.

Coun. Christine Greenwell said: “People have to lug water to and allotment, it’s barbaric. It’s the 21st century.”

Coun. Adam Shanley added: “I’m in favour of this. I think people having to lug water in the back of their car is crazy.”

Councillors agreed, by a single vote, to pay £2,500 to install of a water supply.

The council will now meet with allotment tenants to see if they would be willing to pay for the water bills before proceeding with the scheme.