Council officials have been ordering homeowners to remove any potential missiles that could be used in future attacks.This is in the wake of the A12 incidents, of course.
Though, given all the varied things that could possibly be considered a ‘missile’ to the deranged individuals responsible, I think that’s quite an undertaking.
Richard Day, who lives just metres away from the A12 on Church Road, Mountnessing, was told by Brentwood Borough Council to hide or remove two bucket-shaped bollards which are used to stop people parking on the grass verge outside his house.Because, no doubt, the council’s worried that they themselves could face the same, for allowing them on ‘their’ land.
The 60-year-old was told that if he did not remove them he could face legal proceedings.
If it is their land in the first place; there’s some dispute:
He said: "The county council has said that the borough council owns the land and Brentwood Borough Council has said that Lord Petre owns it.Well, quite. But no doubt they are thinking of some way of prohibiting that too.
"Neither seems to know what's going on.
But in any case they have told me to move them inside my gate.
"It is stupid. How is moving a bollard a few yards inside my gate going to change anything? All they have to do is walk into the property and pick it up from my garden."
It’s what the authorities do now, because to be seen to be doing nothing at all can’t possibly pass muster.
I suppose if it gets rid of garden gnomes, it’ll be a blessing in disguise…