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Bonkers Blog February 2014

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8 February - Catching up on emails

Some of those 144 emails held up by BT’s failure to take any notice of its customer were either interesting or amusing or both.

There were several offers to use readers’ computers for the blog upload which contrasted with the reaction in some places. I had to travel quite a distance to find someone who wasn’t concerned about retribution from Bexley council if it discovered they had helped me. I find that rather encouraging, the vindictive, spiteful and criminal tag must be more widely accepted than I knew.

Sally ArmyA message from a Salvation Army HQ address said the sender was at a loss for something to read on his way home if Bonkers was not available. It helped spur me on and I wrote something every day but the uploads were not as regular.

My maternal Great Grandfather was the first, if family records are to be believed, Salvation Army Captain and Band Master in Wood Green at the beginning of the last century so now I have an excuse to resurrect one of several photos of him clutching a variety of musical instruments.

Another message informed me that the Evening Standard had picked up on Bexley’s filthy food outlets on Thursday; a bit late in the day. The further cuts to Trading Services staff are not going to help. I think I'll have to get hold of some real figures to see to what extent Bexley council and its leader are prepared to put residents’ health at risk.

The trader’s despairing message at the beginning of the month sparked another one in similar vein.


Your previous contributor was quite right concerning the proposed improvements in Sidcup High Street. Over the course of the next eight months I imagine Sidcup will lose the few remaining shoppers they have. More shops will close down and it will be very interesting to see the response of Waitrose.

The idiots who thought up this scheme have not got a clue. Two things are required. Adequate free parking (will never happen) and shops that local people actually need and want. Meanwhile apart from lots of cones, very little actual work seems to be happening; a bit like the temporary lights in neighbouring Landsdown Road which have been in situ for four weeks with no sign of a work force.


And then there was this…


WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING AT WELLING CORNER IT MUST BE THE 20TH TIME THE PROJECT HAS HAD ALTERATIONS? COME ON ARE YOU JUST MESSING AROUND WITH OUR COUNCIL TAX?


That should probably have gone directly to Bexley council. I do sometimes get emails from people who Google Bexley council and come to the wrong site. I forward them to Bexley council who are usually stupid enough to send the replies to me, probably breaching every data protection law known to man.

Other messages concern holes developing in the new Broadway, Bexley council’s attitude to security CCTV cameras, arrested local politicians, the ever tightening restrictions on parking places and more developments on that illegally blocked bridleway. They may get a proper mention next week.

 

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