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Bonkers Blog April 2019

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22 April - The Leader’s report. Fabulous!

O'NeillCouncil Leader Teresa O’Neill is very fond of the F word, everything her Council does is Fantastic.

In her most recent report to Council she began by saying that the Council is fortunate to have so many Fantastic volunteers which make it a great place to live #doitforbexley and paid tribute to the three former Councillors who had died since the last Council meeting. Mike Slaughter, Helen Fuller and Aileen Beckwith.

She was “delighted” by The Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission Report and the provision of £4·85 million for the Abbey Wood to Ebbsfleet viability study. “It was a major step forward and a Fantastic result for Bexley.”

“It is Fantastic that Bexley is to get two Special Free Schools. It is absolutely Fantastic and it keeps young people in local schools and ensures they will get a good education.”

“It is absolutely Fantastic that Sidcup will see a new Library and Picture House. It will drive up footfall and that will be Fantastic.”

Unfortunately the Post Office in Sidcup is likely to close and following the successful scheme in Crayford the Council is considering whether it will be possible to offer the Post Office accommodation in the new Sidcup library too.

“Councillor Craske has sent out pictures today of the Fantastic proposals for Hall Place.” She had already been there for the start of the Alcock & Brown centenary celebrations and “it is an absolutely Fantastic venue, the site really is absolutely Fantastic”.

“Some Fantastic work has been done by Graham Ward to bring about Digital Infrastructure.” (The free town centre wi-fi that has been promised.) “David Bryce has been absolutely Fantastic with his work with BT Openreach It will mean we are the best connected borough in London. Isn’t that Fantasic?”

“The new bins will be rolled out later this year as a result of us listening to residents; they said the boxes were a pain and really Fantastic that is.

The Bexley Housing Strategy is “costing us money but we have to do things better.”

Getting the cancer and dialysis unit into Queen Mary’s Hospital was “absolutely Fantastic. You get a better service in there than you would in a private hospital”. (I’m pleased to hear that, I am just back from Newham University Hospital, least said about that the better!)

“It really is a Fantastic service.”

Not fantastic is the police Basic Command Unit. “We weren’t in favour, we had a certain amount of concern about it and we have had a lot of teething troubles to start off with. We have less time with the BCU Commander and the Deputy Mayor of London promised a meeting which hasn’t happened”.

“The Safer Neighbourhood Panel meetings have been downgraded because the police see them as a waste of their time. The tasking teams are going to be disbanded.”

There are as you can see, a lot of good things going on at present so maybe there is some justification for the frequent use of the F word, and it’s contagious. Both Councillors John Fuller and Daniel Francis used the same word while making comments, Daniel more than once. Not so fantastic was his revelation that the Labour spokesman on Education was “disinvited” from a Ministerial meeting with the Council. “Who did that?” he wanted to know. Council Leader O’Neill didn’t know how Councillor Perfect came to be invited and disinvited, it was never her intention that she should be there.


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