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'Disgrace' - Bexley cabinet members approve plans to sell off open space

PUBLISHED: 13:49 13 April 2016 | UPDATED: 13:49 13 April 2016

Parks and open spaces in Bexley are under threat of being sold off due to budget cuts. Old Farm Park Sidcup

Parks and open spaces in Bexley are under threat of being sold off due to budget cuts. Old Farm Park Sidcup

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Four sites are at risk of disposal

Cabinet members at Bexley council have defended a move to sell off four opens spaces across the borough.

At a meeting on Tuesday, the Conservative cabinet approved plans to sell off three opens spaces in Erith and part of a park in Sidcup.

The plans to sell of the open spaces, which will be marketed for housing development if approved by council, come as Bexley council looks to make £56million worth of savings by 2020.

Cabinet member for environment, safety and leisure, Peter Craske defended the move.

He said: “We are disposing of just two hectares out of 623 hectares in order to raise the funds to ensure all our parks and playgrounds will be used by generations to come.

“While I appreciate the feelings of people who happen to live next to those two hectares, this is a decision that has been made for the long term benefit of all 230,000 residents of our borough, in order to ensure remains one of the best places in the UK.”

The parks up for disposal are Wets Street Small Park, Wilde Road (east) and Wilde Road (west) and the eastern half of Old Farm Park in Sidcup.

But Labour’s mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan said: “Bexley’s plan to sell off precious green space is a disgrace. Local residents are paying the price for having a weak Tory mayor and Tory council.”

The candidate will be visiting Old Farm Park, one of the spaces set to be sold off in part, on Friday.

Bexley council will discuss the disposals at a meeting next week.

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