I am curious to find out more about the the old (I suppose WWII) tank that is standing opposite the Lidl supermarket just off Old Kent Road. Does anybody know more about his tank and whiy it is standing there?
This came up on the forum a year ago when we were using different software.
Sonia posted this response to a similar question:
Belongs to a chap called Alf who has a passion for military vehicles. Has a few other things, Austin Champ, not sure what else. Don't expect it to be moved for a while! There were rumours that he was going to drive it to a show in Kent last year but he never got round to it, wonder why??
It appears to be a late vintage Russian (or indeed Chinese) T34 tank, developed to combat the German panther and tiger. They were made up until mid 50's and are still used as static border fortifications on the border with China! Quite how it got there I am not sure....
I am a reporter for the south london press. I would like to do a story about this tank.
If anyone has any details about it can they call me at the office on 020 8710 6440 or email me at [email protected]
It's there in protest after the property developer owner of the Tank (and the site) was refused planning permission to build there. Basically, while he could not build what he wanted there, he could get permission to put a tank there. Whether the council knew exactly what sort of tank he was referring to in the application is a moot point. The tank is a Czech T34 and was used fas a film prop prior to it ending up in its present location.