Wednesday 10 September 2014 8.27am
It is worse than you say Karen if you start counting at the Young Vic
and continue to the zebra crossing and back to Short Street
. I recently counted 14 A frame notice boards and two large pot plants.
Queues blocking the footpath at the Windmill street food stall and the ATM at Sainsburys, it is beyond me why people have to queue across the footpath instead of alongside the wall and windows of Sainsburys.
But you have to admit it does make the walk interesting with all the chicanes introduced by the al fresco seating and the hurdles of A boards.
The blind are treated with such contempt over these matters it is as if somebody's mindset is "I hope they enjoy their trip".
You don't have to be as cynical as me to realise the footpaths were not widened for the benefit of pedestrians but for the income of the councils. They realised, very early, that with indoor smoking banned the cafes and bars would need outside seating for their customers and the council could and would charge for that, equally A boards. I believe the current charge is £75 per square metre, not bad for doing nothing.
So what you are asking for Karen is for Lambeth council to kill one of their golden geese, it aint gonna happen.