Swindon is particularly blessed with fine Victorian parks, that are well used and maintained, and should be a great source of civic pride.
However it has long been noticeable that Old Town Gardens and Queen’s Park suffer much less from vandalism and misuse than Faringdon Road Park. One simple reason being that Faringdon Road park was not locked at night.
I live just around the corner from Queen’s Park, and I have noticed the increase in graffiti since the Tories decided no longer to lock it, in a pathetic attempt to save a few pennies.
What is especially ludicrous is that last year the Adver reported how the council spent huge sums on covert filming in a vain attempt to try to catch Graffiti artists, using powers granted to them with the purpose of fighting terrorism and serious crime!
I wonder if the Tory councillors who made the decision to stop locking the gates would advise us to stop locking the doors and windows of our houses! Prudent securing of your assets is the most cost effective way to protect them, and it is much cheaper to prevent vandalism than repair it.
So the same councillors who have removed cameras to catch speeding motorists breaking the law has now provided the perfect conditions for vandals to ruin our parks.
The Tories used to boast that they are the party of law and order, it seems they prefer now to be seen as the friends of speeding motorists and spray can artists.