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News and Comment July 2012

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3 July (Part 2) - The saga continues. More money wasted

Mrs. Grootendorst's hedge Mrs. Grootendorst's hedgeAs I was passing nearby I thought I’d get some new photos of the hedge which Mrs. Rita Grootendorst trimmed. Not as much I had expected but a lot lower than it was. She spotted me outside and asked if I had come to trim it further. “Did I own a hedge trimmer?” I have no hedge so the answer was obvious but Mrs. G. was genuinely wanting it trimmed further but feels unable to do it herself with the tools she has. So if you are a neighbour and think the hedge should be for the chop, now is your chance.

Last week Rita’s neighbour moved out and the house is now occupied by someone new. So much for Bexley council’s claim that Rita is ruining the local area and no one would want to live there.

Mrs. Grootendorst's house Mrs. Grootendorst's houseThe inside of the house is still much as before. Mr. Grootendorst has done his best to fix a few things but walking around upstairs you still take your life in your hands. Floorboards are missing and broken and you can see straight down to the garden below. The stairs are still dangerous but the doorway to oblivion through which I came close to dropping is now blocked by an old suitcase.

The neglectful builder, Chris McGuiness of 17, Sheldon Road, Bexleyheath, DA8 4PB, is still nowhere to be seen. Others have offered their sympathy but none can take on the job for a month or two. The scaffolding company has generously offered to keep the scaffold in place for a couple of months free of charge but it has been deemed inadequate by the other construction companies. MAC Construction (General Building) has a lot to answer for.

Court proceedings John WaringMeanwhile Bexley council is doing its best to bankrupt the Grootendorsts. Yesterday morning they were in court to make their Appeal against Bexley council’s prosecution for allegedly ruining the local amenities. I made a passing reference to its submission a month ago but neither the Court officials nor Bexley’s solicitor gave any sign of having read it so the hearing was a waste of everyone’s time and money. Instead of it providing an opportunity for the Grootendorst’s legal representative to argue that Bexley council is guilty of Abuse of Process, all that was achieved was a deferment to October. It helps to keep the lawyers fees high.

Perhaps John Waring who is Bexley council’s chief persecutor in this case was as disappointed as everyone else because he had brought a wheeled suitcase into court, no doubt packed full of papers.

There is to be a case management meeting at Bexley Court at 2 p.m. on the 1st October and a two day hearing commencing at 9.30 a.m. on Monday 22nd October 2012 at Bromley Magistrates Court.

Always nice to see what a vindictive Bexley council likes to spend your money on.


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