Vandals did not think of charity
"WHY would someone do that to us?"
That was the question from Becky Jenkins, business manager at the St Vincent's and St George's Association, after vandals struck.
And what an appropriate question it is. Vandalism, sadly, can happen anywhere but although those involved know they are committing wanton damage, they don't necessarily know who might be affected.
In this case, it couldn't have been clearer. The charity's name is emblazoned along the side of the minibus that had a window smashed by vandals.
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It also carries the clear message: "Richer lives for disabled".
How clearer could it have been? The yobs involved knew the minibus would be used by disabled people.
And it is not as if they were looking for something to steal. Cash and sets of keys had been left on the bus but were untouched.
The biggest problem for the charity isn't even the vandalism. It is the fact that the minibus cannot be used.
Disabled people who are picked up by the vehicle day by day have been left stranded. They cannot get to the charity's day centre which is, in many cases, its only link with the outside world.
The people who did this will probably not care a jot. Let's hope they are caught and punished, not just for the vandalism, but for the misery and heartache they have caused.
IT is no surprise that there has been a call for the new swimming pool for Tewkesbury borough to be built in Bishop's Cleeve.
The village is expanding so quickly that it not only needs better facilities, it needs new ones.
With 1,000 more homes now approved at a time when Bishop's Cleeve's infrastructure is already struggling to cope, a swimming pool would be a boon.
But should that be to the loss of Tewkesbury? The borough council is looking at plans to build a replacement for Cascades in the grounds of its own headquarters in the town.
The reality is that Tewkesbury should not be deprived of a facility that was in part paid for public subscription from local people.
The answer is to ensure that, as the final plans for Cleeve are drawn up, planners ensure the developers must provide the facilities that are needed, without direct impact elsewhere.