Category Archives: vandalism

Rascals, Rot and Ruin at Old Abbey House

Old Abbey House
Old Abbey House has been unused and unoccupied since the town council and citizens advice moved out in 2014. The building was boarded up two years ago to stop vandalism, and rotating climb guards added more recently.
Old Abbey House
A lot of roof tiles are broken above the lower half of the building.
Old Abbey House
The roof on the higher part looks better, but mischief makers are still getting up there and causing damage.

Old Abbey House is owned by the Vale of the White Horse District Council. The Conservatives were in charge up to May 2019 and proposed using it as Social Housing. The Lib-Dems have been in charge since May 2019. They were putting together a strategy document about managing VWHDC buildings when the Coronavirus Pandemic struck.

Old Abbey House – lead removed

Old Abbey House
The lead appears to have disappeared from the roof of Old Abbey House Porch, and an attempt has been made to remove the lead from the window. The building has not been used a great deal since Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council moved out in June 2014. The Vale of White Horse did make efforts to sell it at that time but withdrew it from sale after protests . There was the hope that a community minded group would be able to take it over for an arts centre of something similar.

There are also signs round the back that the flat part of the roof has been disturbed.

New Tarmac for Old Bricks

Leisure Centre Carpark
The new overflow carpark at the White Horse Leisure & Tennis Centre in Abingdon is completed.
Leisure Centre Carpark
Work has now moved to the main car park which, although only just over ten years old, is getting torn up
Leisure Centre Carpark
and the herringbone bricks replaced by tarmac. To me this seems peculiar, but then I wasn’t on the Council committee that decided the change.
Leisure Centre Carpark
To me it looks like the pantomime exchange of ‘new lamps for old’, and such a waste of resources.