In some respects, yesterday was quite a dreadful day in the park. The Temple was broken into; Lamonte's tools were stolen, as was the sink and heater; the toilets either side of the Temple were broken into and the ceramic toilets and sinks stolen; the same happened in the toilets near the BMX Track. Nearby, in the wetplay area, the lovely little domed structure was broken into. The Community Greenhouses were broken into. Not vandalism, but adding to the picture, there was a power cut to Brockwell Hall, not fixed till 3pm - the cafe was, literally, cooking on gas.
As these happened overnight, there would have been no ranger service to have prevented them - though in Chiswick House Park, two wardens sleep there. But surely, the most expensive alarms and locks would have been cheaper than what the repairs are going to cost - particularly to the listed structure of the Temple?
The abolition of the Lambeth Park Ranger Service has happened in the past week, without any announcement from the Council, or any responsible replacement. The consequences for all Lambeth Parks are to be feared. As for our beautiful local Park, Brockwell, on which millions of Heritage Lottery money is being spent, the work of many years could be undone. The security of many park users is seriously in jeopardy.
Peter Bradley, Friends of Brockwell Park