Thursday 1 May 2003 9.08pm
Local politicians of both parties and the officers responsible have done nothing in Tabard Gardens
for the past twelve years to my knowledge. (if anyone in LBS can say I am wrong please let me know I could do with a laugh). so too could the 2,000 children who have suffered inadequate play facilities, and a poorer quality of life than they deserved. Any investment now is far to late, it didn't take them that long to grant planning permissions on Great Dover Street
. (See comments on Bermondsey Parks and Playgrounds for more).
I must emphasize as someone who has been one of the strongest of critics of LBS, they will never ever get it right until there is a radical management and maintenance programme for all open spaces and playgrounds (perhaps someone in LBS can show me a three or five year programme and schedule of management and maintenance for park and playgrounds, I am pretty certain there isn't one they are not competent enough to produce one).
You must understand that they just don't care, once the initial investment or improvements are made or the natives have been quelled they walk away from their responsibilities. In 1989 they bought a £30,000 vacuum cleaner for the Tabard astroturf but once it brokedown ( or I think got lost or stolen if my memory serves me right) they didn't do anything about it. Leathermarket Playground is a great example of this over £126,000 in 1993 down the pan simply because no one in Southwark's leisure service cares about Bermondsey's children and young people.