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Bonkers Blog May 2018

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22 May - Bexley Council reconvenes at last

In a day or two there may be a chance to get BiB back on the road because there will be a Council meeting tomorrow, the first with only 45 Councillors, 37 old faces and eight new.

Two have already nailed their colours to Teresa’s mast, fully signed up voting fodder and unlikely to bring any other talents to the table but I have high hopes for two of the ladies.

At first sight the smaller talent pool has diminished the new Cabinet.

During the recent dead period there was not even any significant input from readers. Someone who has just moved into the borough was shocked to discover that Bexley Council is sufficiently small minded to ban library users from accessing this website. The facilities for learning do not include extending knowledge of Council activities. Since Bonkers can only report what our Council gets up to it can only mean that they are ashamed of at least part of what they do.

Library access has been banned since April 2011.

Another reader has long been concerned about the alleged closure of Highland Road which would turn the whole of Bexleyheath town centre into a huge and inconvenient roundabout.

His recent correspondence with Bellway Homes which plans (17/02745/FULM) to build on the old Civic Centre site in Broadway told him only a few days ago that they no longer plan to have Highland Road closed and sure enough their latest planning submission (15th May 2018) confirms it.

Bellway Homes

Scroll or click to see the whole of the map.

This is a cunning move by Bellway as any closure of the road can now be laid firmly at the Council’s door.

My own efforts to provide input to keep the blog alive all failed. Having watched Thameslink trains go by while working in my front garden I went out to catch one but my luck was not in.
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The other idea to picture the deteriorating parking situation around Abbey Wood station also suffered from Murphy’s Law.

The drivers who stop on the flyover and hold up the traffic rather than have their passenger climb the stairs from Wilton Road were all missed in part because experience has shown that they don’t like being photographed. Maybe the van driver making a delivery to WH Smith has a legitimate excuse until the low level goods delivery ramp is completed.
Ramp
But others are simply thoughtless.

All day parking in Gayton Road has become the norm since people realised that the yellow line has disappeared but thoughtlessness can create havoc.

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