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Bonkers Blog August 2012

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18 August - Selling off playing fields and open spaces

The brief report on Bexley council selling land at knock down prices provoked a number of comments and by chance the same subject has been in the national news again with the government caught out with with their dodgy figures. One reader illustrated just how cheap Bexley’s land was sold for with a spreadsheet. Making due allowance for area and taking Bexley’s price as the reference point, this is how much more money other boroughs made.

Bexley Hillingdon Redbridge Sutton Wandworth Bromley
1x 7x 13x 191x 276x 375x
Richmond Barnet Havering Croydon Ealing Barking
397x 584x 596x 654x 998x 1289x
Haringey Harrow Merton Hackney Southwark Islington
3210x 3868x 8333x 13094x 13368x 15373x

Surely there must be a rational explanation for this? I suspect some Freedom of Information requests will be formulated before long.


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