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Bonkers Blog June 2015

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6 June - Buses, bridges, bonkers

It has been a nice day for a trip to the races, sadly I spent the day on various photo sorties locally and didn't get to Epsom to see the Derby. As usual, Bexley’s Conservative councillors did, I hope they didn’t lose too much of their allowances.
Harrow Manorway
The week’s postbag has been dominated by three subjects; the bin tax, stupidly placed bus stops and the bridge over the River Cray in Bexley.

Harrow Manorway Watling StreetBus Stops
It would appear that the new bus stop markings in Harrow Manorway, Abbey Wood, right next to the new Sainsbury’s roundabout (Photo 1) was not the only new one marked out last week.

Another has shown up in Watling Street, Bexleyheath (Photo2) which is perilously close to a junction and the picture, taken with a wide angle lens, is exaggerating the distance between them. As you can see, it is not much more than the length of a bus, let’s hope that two never come along together.

In Harrow Manorway four different routes serve the stop so blocking the roundabout is likely to be a frequent event.

It is hard to judge what sort of idiocy has produced the Harrow Manorway situation, the Watlng Street one is not so difficult to fathom. It is right outside the new Civic Offices which has lacked its own bus stop until now. One might guess why safety considerations are way down the list of priorities.

Bexley Bridge
It has become clear that Elwyn Bryant was not alone in complaining to Bexley council and the police about the abuse of the Bexley bridge over the Cray without effect.

The police in St. Mary’s come in for criticism, not only for making no effort to enforce the bridge weight restriction but for a total failure to engage with the community as they do in Thamesmead and Welling.

The congestion in the village is variously blamed on beer deliveries - which come over the 7·5 ton bridge - to the centrally situated pubs and to Bexley council vehicles illegally parked while the drivers go shopping - well that is what the email said. Photos would be nice but difficult when one is merely trying to drive through.

I sense that there is a lot of dissatisfaction with the council in Bexley village but it remains solidly Conservative so presumably only the unhappy ones write to Bonkers.


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