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News and Comment March 2020

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30 March (Part 2) - The wolves are at the door

I was taken to task for defending Bexley’s new bin schedule and making excuses for the non-schedule where that applies. I haven’t got any bins out as I have somehow not produced any refuse recently but I have just been out to check my neighbour’s bins. They have not moved and remain unemptied into their third week. Clearly that is going to wind some people up.

As has been somewhat forcibly pointed out to me, Bexley Council will have absolutely no sympathy for someone who fails to pay a bill on time so an element of reciprocity is inevitable. One reaps what one sows.

The lying and vindictiveness still abounds on the parking front as many residents have noticed. Where else is Bexley Council falling down?

Not on information for business as far as I can tell, another load of Covid-19 information came out of the Council offices this morning…

Message 3 from Bexley Council’s Economic Development Department
I am pleased to be able to tell you that the London Borough of Bexley’s Covid-19 grant schemes for businesses are now live.

There are two schemes – one for businesses in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief and the other for businesses in the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality sectors (including additional categories announced last week).

The grants are only for businesses who are in occupation of rateable properties (i.e. are normally liable for business rates).

In order to check eligibility and ensure payments are directed to the correct bank accounts a web form will need to be completed by each business.

Further details and links to the web forms for each scheme can be found here:

Where Bexley Council does seem to have taken their eye off the ball is the problem brought to me by the 83 year old with no vegetables. He said he had been given the brush off when seeking help from Bexley Council but when he saw Camden Council’s Help Line publicised on a TV news bulletin and rang the number they ran around anxious to help immediately; until, I suppose, they asked for his address. According to my correspondent, Westminster Council reacted in the same way.

I took a look at Camden’s website and it is quite clearly streets ahead of Bexley’s

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Even Greenwich Council has made more of an effort than Bexley however I have it on good authority that that may be about to change. All these things take time but maybe food for the elderly housebound might have been given a higher priority.

Note: The 83 year old told me that he finds the font size on Bonkers to be a bit on the small side so on screens 1024 pixels wide and larger the default paragraph font is now very slightly larger. A screen refesh may be needed before it shows.


30 March (Part 1) - The wolves are out in Bexley

TweetThis website would not have been launched if it was not for Bexley Council’s lies and a continuing flow of misinformation has helped to keep it going for ten years.

This morning they sent out the Tweet you see here for the umpteenth time and it is a classic of subtle misinformation not unlike the claim that Bexley is a low taxing borough, it is quite close to being the highest.

It seems to me that the biggest issue for car owning residents is CPZs and Parking Permits. With nearly everyone confined to a mind numbing existence at home empty parking bays are at a premium especially after years of chipping away at their number, but we also have cars left at home when normally they would be in a car park far away. These people have no Permit and Bexley’s response has been to say “tough” - and fine them while claiming that that is what every other Council is doing.

It’s another lie. I learned that Barnet had relaxed the CPZ rules last week and today’s Daily Telegraph says the same thing about other Councils. Normally I would scan a newspaper article but I have not been out to buy one today so we will have to make do with some untidy screenshots. Not ideal but it will give you the general idea about what more caring Councils are doing.

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Lying about parking may seem trivial but it is not unlike the Boy who Cried Wolf. No one knows what to believe if the information comes from Bexley Council. A BiB reader who tells me he is 83 years old says he has had to give up on supermarket shopping because there is not one close to where he lives and when he took himself there he was barged around by people who had no idea what social isolation was all about. As a result he is running short of things that cannot be bought at the local shop, vegetables and milk currently. He is getting worried about it because he has no family anywhere nearby.

He says he phoned Bexley Council’s helpline and felt he was given a “curt brush off”. I might have taken the report with a pinch of salt but now I am not sure whether their offer of help for the old and vulnerable is just as sincere as their claim to be doing the right thing over parking.


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