Bexley Council rules out holding Danson Festival every other year

Coun Massey says holding the Danson Festival every other year will not solve Danson Park's problems.

Coun Massey says holding the Danson Festival every other year will not solve Danson Park's problems.

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Bexley Council has ruled out holding the Danson Festival every other year rather than cancelling it altogether.

Councillor Don Massey, cabinet member for community safety and leisure, announced last month his decision to suspend the festival.

Poor ground conditions were blamed for the move, which put a stop to the July event which annually attracts more than 60,000 people.

At a full meeting of Bexley Council on April 30, Coun Massey was asked by Labour Councillor Alan Deadman whether he might consider holding the festival once every two years.

Coun Massey replied: "I don’t agree that would address the problems we have at the moment.

"Danson Park requires considerable investment whether the festival is held annually or every other year.

"The works that need to be undertaken are substantial requiring significant financial investment.

"Without this investment Danson Park is not able to support a festival either annually or every two years."

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5:25pm Fri 2 May 14

SidcupResident says...

Yet the GLA always finds enough money each year to fund the Notting Hill Carnival. This is despite it's vast costs (particularly policing), along with the ridiculously high numbers of stabbings, robberies and drug offences that occur each year.

Double standards!
Yet the GLA always finds enough money each year to fund the Notting Hill Carnival. This is despite it's vast costs (particularly policing), along with the ridiculously high numbers of stabbings, robberies and drug offences that occur each year. Double standards! SidcupResident
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5:43pm Fri 2 May 14

HearTheFacts says...

It not about costs, its the conservatives pleasing the Mrs Buckets near Danson Park. They don't won't the riff raff using 'thier' park.

Remember its an election, this will buy some votes from the Mrs Buckets. But will lose more votes than the Conservatives win.

From the last report, Bexley Council had secured all the funding for the Danson Festival. Strange that, true or false?. Who knows, these Tories live in a different world to the rest of us. Let's send them there on the 22 May!.
It not about costs, its the conservatives pleasing the Mrs Buckets near Danson Park. They don't won't the riff raff using 'thier' park. Remember its an election, this will buy some votes from the Mrs Buckets. But will lose more votes than the Conservatives win. From the last report, Bexley Council had secured all the funding for the Danson Festival. Strange that, true or false?. Who knows, these Tories live in a different world to the rest of us. Let's send them there on the 22 May!. HearTheFacts
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6:29pm Sat 3 May 14

Outandabout says...

SidcupResident wrote:
Yet the GLA always finds enough money each year to fund the Notting Hill Carnival. This is despite it's vast costs (particularly policing), along with the ridiculously high numbers of stabbings, robberies and drug offences that occur each year.

Double standards!
This isn't the GLA, it's Bexley Council, why you compare the two is beyond me. In scale they are hardly comparative. Bexley simply don't like spending money if it means they can't claim 'we kept the council tax the same as last year'. It's not about services, it's about staying in power and they don't want some hippy festival with music and the like. If you want that then go to Notting Hill!
[quote][p][bold]SidcupResident[/bold] wrote: Yet the GLA always finds enough money each year to fund the Notting Hill Carnival. This is despite it's vast costs (particularly policing), along with the ridiculously high numbers of stabbings, robberies and drug offences that occur each year. Double standards![/p][/quote]This isn't the GLA, it's Bexley Council, why you compare the two is beyond me. In scale they are hardly comparative. Bexley simply don't like spending money if it means they can't claim 'we kept the council tax the same as last year'. It's not about services, it's about staying in power and they don't want some hippy festival with music and the like. If you want that then go to Notting Hill! Outandabout
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