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News and Comment June 2021

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16 June (Part 2) - Sell the parks, then sell the shops

Both Murky Depths and The News Shopper are carrying reports to the effect that Erith’s Shopping Centre is for sale with an asking price of £18 million. Not a new idea.

When Bexley Conservatives were advocating selling parks to pay for the upkeep of those that remained, UKIP Councillors proposed selling the Bexleyheath and Erith shopping centres instead.

They were told in no uncertain terms that the idea was a non-starter as Bexley Council did not own either. This was a great big fib as the Acting Chief Executive was forced to admit.

Nearly six years later Bexley’s finances have been mismanaged to the extent that the parks have been sold and the shops are going too. And still the local Tories tell you that they are good with money!

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