Sue, from Dane Valley, has sent in photos to show that the arsonist has struck 'again' at the Dane Valley allotments and Alf's new, replacement shed, has gone up in flames!
At a meeting yesterday, it occurred to me that we're fighting a low intensity war against vandalism, not just in Thanet, I should add. On a local basis it's costing us a fortune and there's no end to it and very little confidence on the part of the community, with good reason, that we can do anything really effective to prevent it.
Simply looking at Westgate, there's a growing catalogue of damage, from graffiti to criminal damage that needs putting right and its placing an enormous strain on funds and resources. The answer has to come from central government and it has to be a decisive and a firm one before the problems runs completely out of our control. Without tough sanctions and a zero-tolerance approach to the epidemic of vandalism that we witness on a daily basis, the future doesn't look very attractive for any item of free-standing public or personal property which isn't wrapped in flame-proof Kevlar!