LETTER: Concerned and dismayed over school vandalism

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In response to Andrew Brookes’ report in the Free Press of September 20, we would like to make comment.

As Holbeach parish councillors, who we hasten to add are commenting as concerned citizens of Holbeach, not in our roles as parish councillors, we are particularly concerned and dismayed to read the report about vandalism and wanton damage to the garden area at the William Stukeley School.

The school staff, governors and pupils have spent considerable time and effort in the garden area creating what they hoped would be a quiet reflection area.

It is quite ironic that it is only recently that the school area was fenced to try to protect the premises at a time when costs of such projects are often prohibitive; everyone concerned felt that the fence was effective in containing the school premises and grounds.

It is even more galling when just recently it was announced that Holbeach had achieved a silver medal award for work carried out by volunteers to enhance the town and make it a pleasant environment for all to enjoy. We are also aware that our police force cannot be everywhere at once. While they often respond to find the perpetrators have vanished.

We would hope that should the vandals be identified then it would be fitting justice if they could be publicly named and shamed.

We are sure that these views would be shared by other citizens whose lives are blighted by this anti-social behaviour.

It is our fervent hope that all concerned will continue with the project for the benefit of all concerned and overcome this setback.

Carol Rudkin

Graham Warrender

(both Holbeach)