Again, you are confused about the role of voluntary organisations. BOST had a reduction in it's budget and I very much doubt they have the money to hire a contractor, or they would have done so already.
Many voluntary groups are run hand to mouth and they either raise money via grants or get volunteers, otherwise it doesn't get done, which seems to be what's happening here.
I really don't think you can criticise BOST for not having the money to carry out the work. I'm sure Helen Firminger dreams of being sponsored by Microsoft (or maybe Apple, it seems more appropriate for a gardening group) and having the money to install fully working ponds and water features all over SE1.
This has just been posted on BOST's Facebook page:
"Please accept our apologies for the non-functioning Water feature at Waterloo Green. We have been trying to get it fixed for some time and it has been foremost on our “to do” list.
The good news is that we know what is wrong with it and we know how it can be mended and we know someone who can mend it. We just need some money to do it.
There are 2 main problems and some minor ones. The main problems are:
• The pump is broken. It has burnt out due to being blocked with small pieces of debris which have collected around its filter over the years.
• The “penstocks” or taps are broken. They are rusty and seized in the on position so they let the water out even when we want to keep it in.
The other problems which are not critical to the basic functioning of the feature are that the water does not flow as freely as it might due to the plants and gravel and that the lining of the waterways and ponds are showing signs of wear and tear. The electrics which control the feature were broken but have been repaired.
The cost for the repair of the pump and taps is: £3983.00
We are working hard to secure funding to carry out the basic repairs to the water feature to make it a going concern and also revamp other sections of the Green. News on one of these funding streams is imminent and we shall keep you posted."
At last, A reply.
This water feature has not been working for over a year.
There is no explanation as to why the feature was not maintained by the initial contractors. Who were they?
By the way, i am quite happy to support any fund raising. Depending on time available.
It really does BOST no favours to let the very public assets run dry.
I don't rate it's chances much with climate change ants crawling all over it with their illegal campsite etc...Sign says."No Camping" Perhaps they cannot read....back to school etc for them then and let us return to some sort of reasonably peaceful existence