Gates to be repaired at 'Nazi' attack allotments
PUBLISHED: 14:11 01 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:43 02 July 2010
COUNCIL chiefs could stump up the cash to repair security gates at allotments vandalised with Nazi symbols, after a year of wrangling. The Recorder revealed two weeks ago how shocked gardeners at Fullwell Avenue discovered swastikas, the word Nazi, initia
COUNCIL chiefs could stump up the cash to repair security gates at allotments vandalised with Nazi symbols, after a year of wrangling.
The Recorder revealed two weeks ago how shocked gardeners at Fullwell Avenue discovered swastikas, the word Nazi, initials NF and phallic symbols carved into greenery at the holders' peace garden.
The Jewish Clore Tikva Primary School is nearby.
Allotment-holders want security beefed up to avoid similar attacks.
Independent Cllr Harold Moth has challenged Redbridge Council to pay up after repairs were put on hold amid previous plans to sell the allotment site, along with four others.
He said: "The offenders could have just strolled through the gate. The holders want every precaution to be taken, including perhaps some large netting."
Bryan Dicker, whose late dad has a plaque dedicated in his honour at the site of the attack, was disgusted by the incident and urged the council to take extra precautions at sites across the borough.
David Sevant, chairman of North Hainault Allotments Association and neighbourhood watch spokesman, said the gate was damaged by a fellow gardener.
He said: "The man who damaged the gate did own up and provided insurance details so repairs could be undertaken without delay, but the local authority did absolutely nothing and then blamed the management of the society for not taking the appropriate action."
A council spokesman said this week: "In the wake of the recent spate of vandalism at the site, a fencing company has been appointed by the allotments officer to carry out the repair.
"Various repairs to the fencing have been carried out in the past to improve boundary security at the site.
"Plans to repair the damaged portion of the chain link fence near the junction with traffic lights at the top of Moss Lane didn't go ahead due to the proposed widening of the road, as it would affect the position of the fence.
"It was felt that any repair ignoring that proposal would be a wasteful expense.
"Residents and users of the site should report anything suspicious to the police and to Redbridge Council on 020 8554 5000."
Anyone with information of the attack is urged to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.