Council “appalled” at St Alfege headstone gaffe
September 27, 2011 by Rob Powell
GREENWICH Council says it is “appalled” at the destruction of headstones in St Alfege Park.
The decision to remove and smash to pieces some of the headstones in the park, first reported by Greenwich.co.uk last Friday, has caused local outrage and even been reported on in today’s Daily Mirror and Evening Standard.
It has also been revealed that the council took emergency legal measures to prevent any further action taking place in the park.
A Greenwich Council spokesperson said:
“Greenwich Council is appalled by what has happened in St Alfege Park and we understand how this will cause distress to a great number of people.
“Without the Council’s prior knowledge, the local Friends of Park group instructed a Community Payback team to break and move a number of headstones in St Alfege Park. No graves were affected. As the Council was unable to reach anyone in authority to cease the activity, it issued a legal notice to prevent the group carrying out further works.
“The Council is looking to create an appropriate setting for the headstones.”
The cabinet member responsible for parks, Councillor John Fahy, tweeted on Monday night, “Friends of St Alfege Park have seriously damaged their credibility. Breaking up these historic Headstones simply pure vandalism.”
A statement from the Friends of St Alfege Park is expected later this week.