There were several emails circulated today about Syrian refugees being moved into the former Homeleigh care home
once its refurbishment is complete. This did not ring true
to me. I may not be Bexley council’s greatest fan but I do not believe that is
the sort of stunt they would try to pull in secret. If I remember correctly Bexley
council gave an assurance when
refugees were found in Sidcup a couple of months
ago that they would not be housing them.
The cabinet member responsible for Homeleigh is councillor Eileen Pallen and she is far removed from the Craske, Read and Massey school of politics. There is a reason she is rarely mentioned here and it is because she quietly gets on with her job and never stoops to petty insults.
I slipped her a note about the Syrian rumour that did the rounds today during this evening’s People Scrutiny meeting and within a few minutes she very sensibly made an announcement which will have gone out on the webcast at about 21:15.
There is absolutely no truth in the malicious story which she believes started on a Facebook page. The police are now involved.