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Bonkers Blog July 2017

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5 July (Part 1) - Beyond belief

Abbey Wood has always had a problem with vandalism. I don’t think it is as bad as it used to be. It’s a very long time since I last had a Molotov Cocktail thrown at my house but if you speak to the traders in Wilton Road you will be assured that there is still a problem. A shop window was smashed in the early hours of the morning quite recently.

I wonder at the sanity of the railway personnel who designed and the Council officers who subsequently approved the Crossrail station’s four lifts. They will be part of the Public Realm, open for cross railway pedestrian traffic 24 hours a day. I fear they will be vandalised before Christmas.

Last night I had a word with my Councillor Danny Hackett about the Lesnes Abbey regeneration project to see if he knew any more about it than I or my correspondent did. However he hasn’t been able to get a straight answer either and has no news of any formal opening day. What he did tell me was however deeply shocking.

PlatformHe said that the pond viewing platform had been vandalised.

I nipped down there (barely two minutes from home) at dawn this morning unprepared for what I saw. This isn’t just vandalism; it is systematic wrecking of the new amenity, reminiscent of the mindless arson attack two years ago.

How could anyone do such a thing?

I am informed that the attack took place last Sunday. Lesnes Abbey is frequently the source of teenage noise on summer evenings, the shrieking of young girls piercing the night air. The last such gathering only a couple of days ago went on for three hours until the police eventually dispersed them.

It is a commonplace which local residents have learned to ignore.


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