As predicted I took myself along to Blackfen yesterday, a place I had never set
foot in before. Ive driven through it a few times but never stopped; which is
maybe a good thing because that could have earned me a parking ticket but it
also means that I have missed out on a little shopping centre which I found more
interesting than the council favoured Bexleyheath Broadway. One has to wonder why that
single shopping centre is so honoured by Bexley council, probably it is
self-interest as their staff can simply cross one road to do their own shopping.
I went to Blackfen because of persistent reports of harassment of shoppers and
traders alike by councillor Craskes gestapo team and when the word got around that I was
there to report on it I was given free tea, offered a free meal in the cafe
and use of their toilets; there being none available in the street. I obtained
so much material that most of it will be held over for another day but meanwhile
here is a brief summary of the situation.
There used to be a free council car park behind the pub, but the council sold
it off leaving the 40 plus commercial premises to the east of the centre of town with just
seven on-street parking places; for which a charge of 40 pence for half an hour
has now been introduced. Are any other of the borough’s small shopping communities
made to suffer in this way? Selling off parking spaces is reminiscent of
Craskes stupidity in Sidcup.
It seems that Bexley council is intent on damaging businesses. Weve seen it recently in
and in Pickford Lane. It was narrowly
avoided in Nuxley Road and now it is Blackfens turn. Councillor Peter Craske the
architect of all this misery must be a truly evil man.