Royal Navy veterans are being kicked out of their clubhouse so the land around it can be used as a travellers' camp.Well, can’t make an omelette, and all that...
The former servicemen say the decision signals the death knell for their association which was formed 76 years ago.
John Down, the club's chairman and a Korean War veteran, said: 'I'm so angry we are being treated like this. We have 160 members who all did their bit.Sorry, folks. That’s not the sort of ‘community’ that the Righteous&trade want.
'We risked life and limb for this great country that we wholeheartedly believed in. Now we are being treated like dirt, turfed out so that traveller families can move in.
'We've paid our taxes all our lives and are still doing so. What have these people done? This country has lost the plot. It will be our death knell if we have to move.'
John Richards, another club member, said: 'Someone needs the courage to say enough is enough.
'This land was given to the people of Northfleet for sport and recreation. Part of our club houses the changing rooms for the football fields next door. There is a community here and the club is the glue that holds it all together.'
But you may be forgiven for thinking this is a NuLab or LimpDumb-led council, and so such is to be expected.
This isn’t just any soft left, traveller-appeasing council; this is a Conservative council:
Tory-run Gravesham Council granted planning permission for the travellers to move to the grounds on condition that its officers find an alternative home for the association.In other words, we haven’t found one yet, but we’re confident we will – after all, the Royal Naval Association doesn’t have a big lobby, so we can get them to accept any old site, can’t we...?
Mike Snelling, council leader, said: 'We will not abandon the Naval Association.'
He added that talks with the association about a new home were still going on.
The travellers had been threatened with eviction for illegally building homes on their land at nearby Sole Street.So, no-one’s in favour of it, no-one’s taken any action to shift those ignoring the law, and they will be rewarded for breaking the law with someone else’s property, confiscated by the dead hand of government.
They refused to move but - following a £30,000 public inquiry - an agreement had been reached for them to move to the clubhouse site by October.
Leslie Christie, a Labour councillor, said none of the 300 locals who responded to the consultation process supported the proposal.
That’s the UK today, the place the Royal Naval veterans fought for – Land of the Free.
Free handout, that is...
NB: For origin of the term Righteous&trade, see Leg-Iron. You should be reading him anyway....