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Council agrees to sell off four open spaces - including a play area

PUBLISHED: 10:19 17 November 2016 | UPDATED: 10:19 17 November 2016

Millfield Open Space

Millfield Open Space

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Bexley’s cabinet met on Tuesday

The land near Gable Close could be sold offThe land near Gable Close could be sold off

Open spaces including a children’s play park are to be sold off as the council looks to plug a £26million hole in its budget.

At a meeting on Tuesday night, Bexley council’s cabinet members agreed to start selling off four open spaces across the borough.

Millfield Open Space, a children’s play area in Crayford, is among the spaces which will be disposed of as the council prepares to lose all government funding by 2020.

Two spaces in Erith (in Kempton Road and Holly Hill Road) and two more in Crayford (Millfield and Gable Close), are on the shortlist for the public cabinet meeting on Tuesday, November 15.

Green space in Holly Hill Road, Erith, could be soldGreen space in Holly Hill Road, Erith, could be sold

Consultations had taken place earlier this year, and dozens of angry Erith residents signed a petition to save the space in Holly Hill Road.

The proposals have been recommended to Bexley council’s cabinet members, claiming money earned from the sale would help protect services.

At the meeting, councillor Peter Craske commented: “The policy is to prevent further cuts to the budget for parks and playgrounds, to prevent playgrounds being removed and stop parks from becoming overgrown.

“That budget has already been cut by 50 per cent and to cut even further would be devastating for those facilities.”

The green space at Kempton Close in Erith could be sold by Bexley councilThe green space at Kempton Close in Erith could be sold by Bexley council

Initial council proposals had seen 27 parks and open spaces placed under threat, but after review, the cabinet has approved eight open spaces to go.

In April, cabinet members approved plans to dispose of West Street Small Park, Wilde Road (east) and Wilde Road (west) and the

eastern half of Old Farm Park in Sidcup.

■ What do you think? Email luke.may@archant.co.uk.

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