I’ve written about my abhorrence for so called ‘love locks‘ before. I despise the fad which I see as nothing more than cheap and tacky vandalism.
I was reminded of my abhorrence for the practice on a recent visit to Madrid where it seems that even Plaza Mayor had become ‘infected’ with this ridiculous trend.
However, we read some good news on this subject from Playa Blanca in Lanzarote until we left in 2012.
Prior to our departure this wasn’t a problem in the slightest, but since then people have ruined the beautiful sea front with their childish and selfish acts of vandalism. I’ve often said that (were we still there) I’d likely have bought some bolt cutters and have taken the problem on myself. Imagine how happy we were to see this official statement from the Yaiza Ayuntamiento on an Authorised Facebook page aimed at the local English speaking community.
The locking of padlocks to chains is strictly prohibited. The council will be removing these shortly and looking into putting an order in place so that the act of locking them to the chains can result in a fine or denuncia by police.
At long last, this is about to be dealt with! Well done Yaiza Ayuntamiento – it’s taken a while but you got there in the end. I’m sure our friends and other residents there will be celebrating this decision! Were I there still I’d be visiting the Ayuntamiento to offer my help (I’m sure some residents will) in ridding the town of this plague of idiocy and/or catching the culprits.
It’s not ‘sweet’, it’s not ‘meaningful’, it’s vandalism. Good riddance.