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Bonkers Blog August 2013

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6 August (Part 3) - Checking out ASDA

ASDA ASDAASDA’s car park was full yesterday afternoon and although the queues had gone it was still packed solid inside. It was not clear what the many car park attendants were doing, however customers should be aware that ASDA is keen to fine you £100 if you offend against any of their many parking rules and regulations.

Checking back on the records of the planning committee meeting that approved the new ASDA I discovered that it was not only local Tory councillor Kerry Allon who campaigned against it but Labour’s Gill MacDonald was also keen to deprive her electors of the ward’s only large grocery outlet; not that ASDA is solely a grocery outlet.

Much was said at the planning meeting of the need to restrict the items ASDA should sell in order to protect existing nearby retailers. Mrs. Clark, Head of Building Control, was most anxious that the mistakes made with Morrison’s in Sidcup must not be repeated such that it ended up selling a bit of everything to the detriment of local traders. So I was surprised to see that ASDA in Belvedere is selling far more than food items. Clothing, stationery, computing accessories, DVDs, electrical items and televisions were all on display.

Maybe Bexley council failed to impose the restrictions discussed at the meeting in March last year after all.


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