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Bonkers Blog August 2014

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2 August - Doesn’t he do well?

Ian PayneIt’s been a while since I’ve been to Bexleyheath Broadway and I have only read about the Business Improvement District manager putting sport on a big screen by the clock tower through the summer but haven’t see it yet. The WW1 Centenary Service from Glasgow is planned for Monday morning, 4th August.

Sport being not my thing, I went along this morning to see the First World War commemoration organised by Bexley council and the Historical Society.

I was lucky enough to catch a brief sunny spell which always brings out the best in the place and I was just thinking that it didn’t look at all bad when a glance skywards provided an image of the man who has done most to transform Broadway. No not Boris Johnson and his kerbless no priority junctions and traffic free-for-all but Ian Payne the boss of the Improvement District, for it is him who has done more to make Broadway an attractive destination than Bexley council and its high parking charges and heavy handed enforcement ever could. This morning it was a pleasant and even jolly place to be.

Whilst entertaining these thoughts who should I run into but the man himself and as usual he was out on the front line getting his boots muddy and doing his bit for the troops. I do like a man who loves his job and knows that a good manager doesn’t spend all his time in an office but takes a keen interest in the sharp end. Maybe we will see Paul Moore on a refuse cart or Will Tuckley in the Contact Centre one day.

Ian enthusiastically - I doubt he is ever anything else - told me he had personally researched the music and songs coming from the adjacent stage and it will be the same again tomorrow for the Civic Parade. The British Legion were out in force too.

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If only Bexley’s Conservative councillors were as chatty as Mr. Payne, When he is not putting Bexley to rights, Ian is a Tory councillor in Bromley.


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