of the few redeeming features of Bexley is the public parks. I am fortunate to
live near to Lesnes Abbey and Bexley council does a pretty good job of making it
a pleasant place to visit. Opening the public toilets would improve matters but
on the whole one cannot complain. But why is Bexley council so keen to restrict
access and how can it justify the enormous expense of several miles of barriers
at the same time as complaining about money shortages when they raised council
tax yet again last month?
The main justification apparently is to deter motorcyclists. Bit of a sledge-hammer to crack a nut isnt it? In my 23 years of daily walking around the abbey grounds I have only once encountered motorcyclists and that was when two policemen on council-funded bikes stopped to ask me and two other senior citizens what we were doing. Pretty obvious I thought but I suppose they have a job to do. On a handful of occasions I have heard motorcyclists in the woods but I doubt it amounts to more than a handful of times a year; so why waste so much of our money putting up obstacles that exclude the disabled and those blessed with a less than sylph-like figure and create an objectionable eye-sore?
A friend from Bromley has told me that the same sort of fence was put around Bromley Common a couple of years ago but was withdrawn after two motorists were killed by the unforgiving scaffold bar when their cars ran off the road. For more details and photographs click on any of the images.