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Bonkers Blog August 2013

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3 August - The Waitrose effect

WaitroseWhilst residents in the vicinity of Abbey Wood station might have the support of ‘Lesnes Abbey Labour’ now that Crossrail developments are about to restrict parking outside their homes, the people of Sidcup have no defence against the worst that Bexley council can do. Charge them £120 a year and fine them if they or their visitors should forget to display a parking permit.

Council leader Teresa O’Neill’s vanity project of bringing Waitrose to Sidcup is going to prove very costly to nearby residents and one of them thinks the brief report on the subject last month fails to do it justice. He sent me a copy of the excuse sheet Bexley council poked through his letter box. You will note that it refers to Waitrose only in the vaguest possible terms. The new parking restrictions are “connected to planning consents”. Why are they always so secretive? What would be wrong about admitting the truth?

CPZ notice
The complete document (click extract to read it) reveals that not only is a new Controlled Parking Zone to be introduced which will operate from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., single yellow lines will be subject to the same time restrictions. Never does a week go by without Bexley council announcing a further tightening of the parking thumbscrews.

Teresa got Waitrose. Bexley gets another stealth tax.


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