Sometimes miracles do happen. As proof of this please view the photograph below.
New paving stones. Freshly laid. Pristine, glistening in the feint sunlight of an autumnal day, they wait for the first foot print of the first pedestrian every to walk up them.
Even the postbox seems to be standing straighter, prouder, bold.
For many of us in Wapping this is an emotional moment.
No more will child and pensioner alike have to hop over the puddles that used to form at the junction of Watts Street.
And who should we thank for this?
None other than Cllr. Julia Dockerill, (Conservative) who represents us along with Cllr. Denise Jones (Labour) in SKD and Wapping.
Seems Julia had to find funding specifically for this work to be done.
Presumably there is no council budget for paving repairs in Wapping.
Highly likely as there seems to be no council budget for anything else south of The Highway.
At this very moment the new paving stones are drying under a grey East End sky, tingling with anticipation of that first tentative step.
People of Wapping, in future when you walk the new paving, possibly with your grandchildren, pause for one moment and remember: Julia got this done!
Editorial note to all politicians: Getting pavements fixed matters to people and wins more elections than foreign policy.