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Bexleyheath roadworks branded “vanity project” by Labour councillor

PUBLISHED: 15:21 15 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:21 15 February 2016

Broadway in Bexleyheath

Broadway in Bexleyheath

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Stef Borella has criticised current roadworks

A senior Labour councillor at Bexley Council has branded roadworks in Bexleyheath town centre as a “vanity project”.

Stef Borella, Labour shadow cabinet member for traffic and transport blasted the works, currently causing disruption along the Broadway, in the town centre.

Works have been underway since the start of the month, with two-way temporary traffic lights set up along the road heading in both directions.

Traffic lights will be set up from Church Road to Lion Road and then from Lion Road to Devonshire Road.

The disruption has been caused as work is undertaken to make sure the road is strong enough to take traffic

But Mr Borella believes continued work in the town centre is a “vanity project”.

He said: “The works are costing £5.5million, that’s money that could have been spread elsewhere.

“You can put that money in places like Sidcup High Street, Forest Road in Slade Green, or in developing Belvedere.

“It’s such a vanity project to focus on developing Bexleyheath.

“When I was knocking on doors during the general election, I’d say around 85 per cent were opposed to the idea of these roadworks.”

A spokesperson from Bexley council said: “We are sorry for the temporary inconvenience to road users, but the fact that we are continuing to improve the town centre is very good news.

“This is stage one of Phase Two of the comprehensive scheme for town centre improvements, which focuses on the western part of Broadway. When complete the works will make this part of the town centre more attractive and accessible and will boost businesses, because they will encourage more people to visit this part of the town centre. The ongoing work should be completed in the spring.

“Phase one of the scheme won several awards and a number of other councils are looking to use the same design. The work has been funded by Transport for London.”

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