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Bonkers Blog July 2014

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27 July (Part 1) - Sidcup deserted by BiB and this morning, everybody!

Sidcup High Street has not been featured here for a month; first Crossrail took over the schedule and then when Sidcup managed to get on to the itinerary the hot weather got the better of me and I bypassed the town as anyone who didn’t actually need to be there has been doing all year.

Since then I heard Mrs. Richardson tell the Places Committee that things are coming along quite nicely now, and it is true, it is possible to imagine it might all be finished within the two months she promised at that meeting.

The area outside the cafe and Sidcup & Co. (Photo 1) is finished but various places that perhaps could have been are not yet completed. Outside the library (Photo 2) it’s still a mess and Hatherley Road awaits the planting of trees. Materials and machinery still litter the main road and and electricity generator is keeping some premises alive after a contractor damaged a cable.

I can see that Hadlow and Hatherley Roads look nicer and some of the new shop fronts (Photo 6) are particularly attractive but I fail to see how the new paving improves things dramatically. It’s much the same as the old but cleaner.

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Outside the gym and the library are signs that Bexley council has learned nothing following the installation of granite benches in Welling. Wet and cold bums must be in vogue.


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