Saturday 21 May 2011 11.00am
30 years ago a previous owner of my house changed the shape of my front window. On Friday I received a letter from Southwark Council
, kindly letting me know I had 28 days to put it back to its previous state or I will be fined 20,000.00 quid.
Apparently a councillor reported me. I find that difficult to believe on two counts.
Firstly, I am sure our councillors have better things to do. Our local services and security need vast improvements.
Secondly, I am sure that any grown-up would actually come and discuss the issue with me before asking the council to send such a letter and shield his or her identity and hide behind authority.
My neighbours are also outraged. Since moving in to this house, 7 or 8 years ago, I have done my utmost to return the house (which was not in great shape either internally or externally) to the state and character it should be in.
And, then this bombshell.
I am starting to wonder if Southwark has finally lost the plot completely.
If this can not be resolved by my neighbours swearing a statement to the effect that the window was changed 30 years ago, I suspect I will be left with no other option but to stand as an independent in the next local elections and try and sort the priorities of the council out.
There is dog mess all over my road - dog mess can blind children.
There are not enough local facilities to keep kids off the street and engaged in positive activities like sport, music or art.
There are no enough local training schemes for youngsters and the unemployed.
But, our council is worried about a window that was changed 30 years ago.
Cant they use this effort to regenerate the Blue? To help local people feel safe in Bermondsey? To give our youngsters a chance?
In the words of Alistair Campbell un-be-freeking-leevable.