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News and Comment August 2020

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20 August - Lunatics running the asylum?

With a title like that you may be expecting something about how the Government is handling the so called pandemic: you know the one; the one that has reduced the death rate to less than normal for this time of the year but is putting a widespread brake on cancer treatment (I declare an interest here) so as to store up much more severe problems for later. I have nothing but contempt for those who have made such an enormous mess of things in recent months and appear to be relishing the petty and illogical tyranny they have imposed.

But no, this about something else entirely.

It’s more than two years since Councillor Stefano Borella (Labour) suggested that Bexley Council seemed to be in the business of paying a high price to buy houses it had sold off cheaply some years earlier. No one took any notice obviously and it was not until last year that some details were discovered by someone idly perusing the Land Registry records. Eight former Council properties had been snapped up all on the same day for prices around the half million each mark.

In a further development those same eight properties and eleven more similar ones have again changed hands all on the same day and this time the total price is close to ten million. For neighbours and anyone else who might be interested the addresses are as follows…

42 Coleman Road, Belvedere, DA17 5AN, £450,000
41 Coleman Road, Belvedere, DA17 5AW, £450,000
8 Claytonville Terrace, Belvedere, DA17 6AQ, £450,000
169 Halcot Avenue, Bexleyheath, DA6 7QA, £573,333
82 Halcot Avenue, Bexleyheath, DA6 7QD, £573,333
83 West Street, Erith, DA8 1AG, £450,000
1 Winifred Road, Erith, DA8 1AJ, £450,000
16 Winifred Road, Erith, DA8 1AJ, £450,000
37 Alexandra Road, Erith, DA8 2AX, £450,000
12 The Nursery, Erith, DA8 2EZ, £450,000
300 Bexley Road, Erith, DA8 3HB, £450,000
153 Birling Road, Erith, DA8 3HR, £573,333
140 Birling Road, Erith, DA8 3HS, £573,333
18 Halstead Road, Erith, DA8 3HX, £573,336
10 Elmstead Road, Erith, DA8 3JA, £573,333
12 Stelling Road, Erith, DA8 3JH, £573,333
8 South Road, Erith, DA8 3RA, £450,000
22 South Road, Erith, DA8 3RA, £450,000
97 Lensbury Way, London, SE2 9TA, £573,333

Who bought the houses first time around? Who bought them so soon afterwards and why? It must be something to do with providing temporary housing. Bexley Council for the genuinely homeless or Serco fulfilling their £1·9 billion Government contract?

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