is said that a declining shopping centre supports little more than betting shops, pawn
brokers and charity shops but it would seem that Bexleyheath is now in danger of
failing to do even that well. Another charity shop has closed and Bexley council’s shopping
manager Ian Payne can’t be too happy. Trade was
down 7% in the first half of the
year and it is not hard to see why, Bexleyheath and its constant diversions,
traffic jams and draconian parking enforcement have done their job well.
The outgoing manager of the British Red Cross which closed this week has left a note in the shop doorway. It says her head office has had enough of the reduced passing trade, the constant road works and neighbouring shops closing.
All the photographs were taken within the space of five minutes just before 1 p.m. today while waiting for my bus opposite Christ Church and without moving more than a few paces from that position. That includes those of the delivery van delivering goods to a nearby shop from a designated Loading Bay.