Picking Up the Pieces
When I took the picture above last year, it never in a million years occurred to me that just a few months later it would look like this.
Or that this already-emasculated mandrake/ivy root
Would look like this…
You know it occurs to me that it’s been over a month since the 368-character statement from Tim Delap, the continuing chairman of St Alfege’s park’s Friends which is still pretty much all we’ve had by way of an apology/explanation for the appalling desecration of ancient headstones in the old burial ground.
In case you’ve been away (or ill, ahem) the story of how a group of Community Payback workers smashed a whole bunch of ancient head stones on the watch of the Friends of St Alfege Park was first covered by Rob at Greenwich.co.uk. Rob did manage to secure a statement from the equally-appalled rank & file Friends and an angry response from the council but from Mr Delap himself? 368 characters. 400, if you count empty space.
There’s been a bit of media coverage – some rather lurid tabloid stuff as well as locals and onlines – and Private Eye devoted a Nooks & Corners to Greenwich a couple of weeks ago but everything else seems to have gone a bit quiet. Certainly I’m sure that’s how at least some people would like it to be.
But we still have a pile of broken stones to ‘do something with’ and a mystery as to who actually gave the order to desecrate a heritage site. The council’s Director Of Culture and Community, Sam Eastop, is conducting the investigation personally, and seems keen to get to the bottom of it. And it’s beginning to look a bit on the worrying side. It certainly doesn’t look like the desecration went on while the chairman was on holiday but a good couple of months before Rob picked up on the story (and I didn’t – yes, I’m still wearing the sackcloth and ashes on that one).
I understand the investigation is ongoing and I believe that Sam Eastop would be very interested to hear anything that sheds light on the situation. I know there’s related stuff that hasn’t come out yet – and I urge anyone who knows something to contact him.
On a positive note, the council are planning to try to create something out of the mess, and I’m sure they’d be interested in suggestions for that too. But so far we have not been given any real explanation of what really went on here, and as the weeks go by it’s getting easier for information to be lost.
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