are told at council meetings that shoppers have been driven out of Bexleyheath because of the Broadway
regeneration work and Bexley council’s Business Improvement manager, Ian Payne must be
having a hard time getting things back on track. I cannot say I’m surprised.
Shopping is not my favourite occupation but I have been nagged recently about my threadbare towels and a lady friend from Bromley offered to come over and help me choose some new ones. I persuaded her that we should take the bus into Bexleyheath and had the misfortune to sit behind someone with a fear of soap and water. On arrival we headed into BHS, a shop I have not been in for five, maybe nearer ten years.
The choice of towels was good and appeared to be of good quality but not a single one in the whole department was priced. No staff were to be seen and all the check out woman could say was that they should be priced. I think I knew that.
I found a man in a suit who agreed that no towels were priced but there was nothing he could do about it and there was no one else available to help. We made our way to M&S. They don’t sell towels at all.
I had wondered how long it would take my friend to utter the words, “should’ve gone to Bluewater”. It was 24 minutes after getting off the bus.
So no money was spent and my friend said she will never go shopping in Bexleyheath again. “There is nothing worth going there for”.