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News and Comment November 2012

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14 November (Part 2) - Thamesmead rises up

Thamesmead Thamesmead protestAs I indicated yesterday, I owe a lot to readers who send suggestions and fill in the gaps in my knowledge. One has shed a little light on why last night’s cabinet meeting in Thamesmead was a sell out. Gallions Housing Association has been busy annoying both private and rental occupiers with what are said to be exhorbitant service charges. They have a website at and about last night’s meeting it says…

“Firstly I would like to say how pleased I was to see such a good turnout for our demonstration on Tuesday 13th November. Although the councillors and Gallions team were put out by our outburst, I think that this was the first time that many of them realised the appalling situation that we find ourselves in. They said they were very pleased with the turn out however they were not so pleased when they realised we were not there to hear what they had to say but to make our views heard”.

“The councillors were put out.” Oh dearie me, can the police be far behind? I must make a point of visiting the Thamesmead residents’ site more often. I hope the site owner won’t mind me borrowing his photograph, he has a lot more here.

My own photograph is for the benefit of my associates from the Bexley Council Monitoring Group who had no idea that Thamesmead is full of lakes. It would appear that Conservative councillors living in posh houses are not the only ones living in ignorance.


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