Emergency enclosure to be built to stop oil tank thieves at Doddington Community Hospital

Oil tank thieves strike at Doddington Community Hospital

Oil tank thieves strike at Doddington Community Hospital - Credit: Archant

Oil tank fuel thieves have struck at Doddington Community Hospital prompting emergency calls for a high security fence to be placed around the tanker.

The hospital, run by Cambridge Community Services (CCS) says it needs to resolve the re-occurring problem by erecting a security meshed enclosure around the oil tank to include a mesh roof.

“Due to the remote location and utility arrangement of the area the provision of a meshed enclose was considered to provide the simplest and most effective solution,” a spokesman for the hospital said.

The meshed enclosure with roof was considered “to offer the best discouragement for security from future thefts,” the spokesman added.

Access into the enclosure will be from matching gates.

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The proposed compound will be eight metres by seven metres and stand around 3.6 metres high.

There will be a 2.4 metre wide set of double leaf gates within the enclosure.

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The grounds around the main hospital site are attractive, according to a design and access report prepared by Serco, so there are no plans for extra planting as part of the proposals.

Access into the compound will be via gates for maintenance and refuelling purposes and no additional traffic is likely to be generated from the plan as it is merely adding to the tank storage which is already there, the report says.

The “emergency enclosure” scheme has been approved by Fenland District Council planners.

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