It seemed a foregone conclusion to me that Bexley Cabs must get
an office in Birkbeck Road but I had to sit through three hours of Planning
Committee meeting to be sure. The application was reasonable, the premises were
adequate and hidden in a backstreet along with not too dissimilar businesses.
How could it be a problem?
The proprietor had promised that no one would be waiting for cars there and except in the rarest of circumstances no driver would need to visit. What reason was there for anyone to object?
The most obvious reason was that when the company was in Bexley Village it paid scant regard to planning conditions and councillor June Slaughter among others thought it would happen again and of course it had. The business has been operating from Birkbeck Road without permission for three months already.
Despite the discouraging history, permission was given to operate a minicab control centre from Birkbeck Road, Sidcup subject to stringent conditions and a review in twelve months time. If the photographic evidence obtained by the local residents in recent weeks is any guide as to the future, the council’s Enforcement Officer won’t be short of work.