Loss of city’s wa­ter can­nons

Hayes & Harlington Gazette - - Your Say -

I was con­cerned to read the ar­ti­cle “Boris’s wa­ter can­nons sold for a huge loss” (Gazette, Novem­ber 21).

This re­ported that Sadiq Khan, the mayor of Lon­don, has sold off at a very cheap price the wa­ter can­non that Boris John­son bought for us a few years ago.

I be­lieve it was a wise de­ci­sion to buy wa­ter can­non to keep in re­serve to pro­tect us if the worst should hap­pen again.

We should re­mem­ber how vul­ner­a­ble we felt when parts of Lon­don were de­lib­er­ately set on fire in 2011 by dis­af­fected gangs of youths.

It was fright­en­ing to see depart­ment stores and other busi­nesses go­ing up in flames as well as peo­ple’s homes in places such as En­field, Mid­dle­sex, be­ing un­der threat of de­struc­tion.

We have fewer po­lice and other emergency ser­vice work­ers now than we had then, so civil un­rest is a fright­en­ing prospect.

Why sell the wa­ter can­non, when they could be kept in re­serve for such emer­gen­cies?

Think­ing ahead and plan­ning to pro­tect peo­ple is what good lead­er­ship is about.

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