A couple of years ago
Bexley Council approved the building of a rail freight terminal
in Slade Green. See also the map of the area.
The Labour Group objected and so did some of the more sensible Conservative Councillors objected too. June Slaughter, James Hunt and John Davey could see the downside but the upside was the £2,000,000 plus of Community Infrastructure Levy. The plan went through heavily backed by the Head of the Planning Department.
Fortunately for local residents a tiny bit of the proposed site fell in Dartford and their Council threw the plan out.
Almost unnoticed Bexley’s Labour Councillors kept up the pressure while the rail authorities appealed Dartford’s decision.
Last week the Secretary of State ruled against the freight depot saving local residents the many lorry trips involved and rail passengers the potential delays of the new access junction.
The Labour Group Press Release is here. I doubt we will be seeing one from Bexley Council.
The developer could apply for Judicial Review so Slade Green residents must keep their fingers crossed for a little while longer.