Bexley Council plans to sell Wilde Rd East, Wilde Rd West, West Street small park, and half of Old Farm Park in Sidcup for development. The final statutory consultation is now open and the Council’s website is now saying the deadline for objections has been extended to 5p.m. 14th January 2016. EVEN IF YOU OBJECTED IN PREVIOUS ‘CONSULTATIONS’, YOU NEED TO OBJECT AGAIN IN THIS FINAL CONSULTATION – see below for how to do it.
The pressure so far has had some effect. At Old Farm Park, the strip along the railway line recommended for inclusion in the Sidcup rail linesides Site of Importance for Nature Conservation has been removed from the area scheduled for sale, something we have been pressing for at ‘Bexley Wildlife. This is a small step in the right direction, but we still want the whole area and the other trees and shrubs saved.
To object to these sales you will need to send an e-mail rather than fill in another online consultation
Please object to the sale of all 4 sites. This is a matter of principle, and if the Council has its way on these another 22 other green spaces will probably be sold as well. The well organised Old Farm Park Group has drawn up a detailed set of objections regarding poor process, contradictory statements, inadequate consideration of numerous factors and the changing financial picture. Many of the arguments apply to all sites and the document is well worth reading.
3 easy steps to submitting your objection:
- Download the Old Farm Park group’s official objections document here.
- Send an email to DOPOSP.Dec15@bexley.gov.uk , attaching the OFP group’s official objections document.
Use the subject ‘Objections to the sale of four Bexley open spaces’. In the body of your mail state that the attached document detailing objections to the sale of Old Farm Park accurately reflect your views and that you are objecting to the sale of this site on the basis of all the objections raised in the document. Say that you are also objecting to the sale of Wilde Rd East, Wilde Rd West and West Street small park on the grounds of unclear and conflicting Council statements regarding use of receipts, the mental and physical wellbeing benefits of green spaces and the changed financial situation regarding social care and business rates which demands a proper rethink on the basis of updated information.
The official Council notice does not say that you have to give a name and postal address in your e-mail, but it is probably prudent to do so ………
3. Encourage your friends to object as well.