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News and Comment April 2020

Index: 2020

29 April - A third planning application for Leather Bottle site

Belvedere Labour131 Heron Hill is never long out of the news, once the address of Bexley’s oldest pub, Ye Olde Leather Bottle but for the past five years a dangerous blot on the local landscape.

Yesterday news broke that the site was the subject of a third planning application. 20/00857/FULM. The developer has switched from houses to a three or four storey 70 bed care home.

The local Labour Councillors put out the Tweet shown here which also refers to the Belvedere Hotel although it might be easier to read on Facebook.

The site has an unenviable history, the pub knocked down without prior warning, Bexley Council looking the other way and ignoring the protestations of local residents and Councillors alike and eventually the site owner being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive and found guilty last year.


The following blogs provide the history…


No Bottle - September 2015
More Bottle - September 2015
Bexley Council knows - September 2015
First sign of demolition - October 2015
They’ve got a lot of Bottle - March 2016
Excavators on site - April 2016
One enormous iron cliff - April 2016
A dangerous hole - April 2016
Hole gets worse - April 2016
Planning application - May 2016
Bought for more than half a million, it will be down soon - June 2016
Down it comes with threats - June 2016
Useless Council - June 2016
Bexley’s secretive Council -January 2017
Planning Application - September 2017
Plans rejected - October 2017
Still a bombsite - February 2018
Another Planning Application - April 2018
Professionals versus Cowboys - July 2018
H&SE confirm their interest - November 2018
More activity on site - June 2019
Local Labour Councillors succeed after Bexley Council let us all down - August 2019
Karma - September 2019
A slap on the wrist - October 2019
Has Singh moved in? - 4th December 2019
Once it was the Bottle, now it’s jam jars - January 2020
I went to the pub - March 2020


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