Sue, whose allotment shed was burned down by vandals a couple of weeks ago has sent in an update and the news isn't good.
"After the fire that destroyed the 2 sheds at Dane Valley on 12th and 13th April, two local companies came forward and kindly donated 2 sheds to replace those destroyed.
The companies were RT Bell and Co and O & S sheds of Garlinge. The replacement sheds were put in place today. The work was finished at around 3 pm.
I'm sure you can guess what I am going to tell you. My husband returned to the plot around 6 pm to find the new shed on his plot on fire and the windows of the other shed smashed out as well as the plants trampled.
There has been no improvement in security, no increase in the effectiveness of policing in the area. No measures taken to compensate anyone for these losses. The one offer of help from any council related organisation was from The Windmill Project which was cancelled because of TDC's reluctance to contribute. No wonder. They know the consequences of their own lack of action.
None of you good people, no matter what your position or job seem able or willing to do anything to prevent this continuing."
Ed: I'm appalled by the blatant vandalism and the evidence of an arsonist on the loose. Other than 24-hour policing or security, I don't know what the answer is but I will be making some calls. After Sue's last letter, I did take the matter up with the council (before I was elected) and I know that my concern and Sue's are shared by council officers. I suspect that this is not a matter of will but a question of resources to deal with the matter. When I find out anything further I will send you a separate email.