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Bonkers Blog June 2016

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19 June (Part 4) - Councillor Massey, festival terminator

FestivalI am beginning to think that my friend Hugh Neal, Erith’s Sunday blogger, is envious of BiB. When he came up with the metaphor about pitchforks and flaming torches being the only language Council Leader Teresa O’Neill might understand it was me who was rewarded with a Harassment Warning from Bexley Police. Hugh’s doorbell never rang.

Until now he has never been accused of harassing Councillor Don Massey either. Maybe that is about to change.

Today Hugh has made a second attempt at attracting the attention of the police. His blog (3rd section) reminds us that the Danson Festival was cancelled by Cabinet Member Don Massey two and a half years ago and he brings the situation up to date with some new facts. Facts that will cause many people to consider whether or not Councillor Massey set out to deceive us.

As Hugh says, the Danson Festival which was a highlight of Bexley’s calendar for many years was suddenly decreed unviable by Councillor Massey because the underlying terrain suffered drainage problems. What a fortunate late discovery by Councillor Massey who was said at the time to be responding to the complaints of “wealthy people” who lived near the park. i.e. those represented by Councillor Sharon Massey.

However this year, one of the wettest summers on record, the festival is to resume under the auspices of Oakleigh Fairs on 2nd and 3rd of July. Unlike its much lamented predecessor, this event is not free. A family ticket (two adults and two children) will cost £15. Otherwise it’s £6 a go, children half price.

Clearly Bexley Council speaks with forked tongue and is easily persuaded by the thoughts of a fat fee.


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