Category Archives: Budget

Council consultation on selling off 4 specific open spaces. PLEASE RESPOND: deadline 18th September.

Following a ‘technical evaluation’ Bexley Council is pressing ahead with its plan for selling off 26 pieces of open space, and is running a public consultation on moving to dispose of the first four sites. The deadline is Friday 18th … Continue reading

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New grounds maintenance contract process raises yet more doubts over Council’s ability to take biodiversity duty seriously

As a new contract for grounds maintenance went out to tender, we have discovered that the Trees and Nature Conservation Manager in the Parks and Open Spaces section ‘was never part of this process’ . Nor has there been any prior consultation with … Continue reading

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Save Our Parks! Protect and invest in the UK’s public green spaces. Sign the petition!

National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces campaign update. Given that Bexley is pressing ahead with its sell-offs agenda, this will be of interest to local residents. August 2015. We are pleased to report that tens of thousands of people … Continue reading

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Sidcup walled garden project off to successful start

The Sidcup Community Garden Project, a scheme to maintain the gardens at Sidcup Place following Bexley Council funding cuts, had a good turnout at its first hands-on event on Saturday 8th August. Sidcup Ward Councillor Rob Leitch sets out the next … Continue reading

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Support Old Farm Park / anti sell-offs campaign at Weds 15th Council meeting

Petition to halt Old Farm Park sell-off plan goes to full Council meeting on July 15th. Please show your support!  The campaign to save open spaces from sell-off by the Council continues. Old Farm Park is ‘the big one’, in … Continue reading

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FotS adds to its events schedule as Danson garden work stepped up

Please find below our updated and expanded calendar of events for the next couple of months.  You will see that we have increased the number of events in The Old English Garden at Danson Park as at this time of year the … Continue reading

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More research shows lighting negatively impacts Bats – BNEF says Bexley’s proposed budget-driven lighting cuts present an opportunity to tackle the problem

New research has shown that the Common Pipistrelle Bat, often found in urban areas, has its foraging and thus feeding activity disrupted and constrained by artificial lighting, especially where there are larger gaps in tree cover: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3111115/Bats-disappearing-cities-Artificial-lights-creating-ecological-dead-zones.html Bexley Natural Environment … Continue reading

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Environment Forum submits FOI request on wildlife site management

Request for basic information unanswered after 3 months. Group resorts to FOI request so it can talk to Councillors about ongoing management problems in relation to wildlife.    Those readers who have been involved in Bexley Natural Environment Forum, or … Continue reading

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Environment Forum to host 19th March meeting for open space sell-off opponents

On behalf of Bexley Natural Environment Forum (the umbrella group for Friends of parks and open spaces and wildlife campaigners in the Borough), we are inviting campaigners to a meeting at Bexley (Village) Library next Thursday 19th at 3pm to … Continue reading

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Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation report ‘in the long grass’ for over a year – is Bexley taking biodiversity seriously?

Having recently been subject to considerable criticism over its vegetation management on sensitive wildlife sites, we would normally welcome Bexley Council’s apparent enthusiasm for some long grass, but not when it is (metaphorically) being used as a repository for the … Continue reading

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