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Wednesday 6 June 2018 2.00pm
What the hell is 'tactile paving'? More stuff you can walk on?!
Wednesday 6 June 2018 4.51pm
Tolstoy wrote:
What the hell is 'tactile paving'? More stuff you can walk on?!

It tends to be the stuff with raised dots that you often find next to pedestrian crossings to assist people with sight impairment.
Wednesday 6 June 2018 11.49pm
What are they filling it with? The hard landscaping there is Kilkenny limestone. Hope they donít screw up the whole aesthetic.
Thursday 7 June 2018 7.41am
Ah! Ok, I get it. That surface has become very difficult for me to navigate as I've lost the natural fat on the ball of my feet, very painful to step on.
Thursday 7 June 2018 8.55am
They should fill it with a line of turf. It would be in keeping with architects dim view of nature in their piazzas and would offer a nice juxtaposition with David Batchelor's 'Evergreen'.
Thursday 7 June 2018 9.02am
These things never last. Architects stick them in as they look great, after a few years the maintenance bill comes in and the pain in the wotsit becomes apparent.

London is littered with such, now redundant, features.
Thursday 7 June 2018 11.29am
I agree.

The one that always irritates me is the painter animatronic installed by Greyworld at 123 Bankside. I predicted at the time it wouldn't continue to work past six months as changing air pressure from weather conditions would slowly impact on the mechanics. It was always a not cheap joke and a waste of funding. It's still disappointing that the so-called 'Smartie lights' by Jennifer Jamieson at the corner of Southwark St and Red Cross Way appear to have been abandoned.
Thursday 7 June 2018 2.23pm
Tolstoy wrote:
It's still disappointing that the so-called 'Smartie lights' by Jennifer Jamieson at the corner of Southwark St and Redcross Way appear to have been abandoned.
I liked those lights too and apparently the cost will be about £50,000 to fix them but they were working okay until Network Rail done some work on the railway bridge which the lights are either side of.
Tuesday 12 June 2018 5.38pm
Such a shame, it was a lovely feature. It's impossible and I'd say undesirable to eliminate any risk in life, and I'd say a shallow channel with a trickle of water in it might *just* be possible to live with.

The road at the one end is certainly far more dangerous.
Wednesday 13 June 2018 1.50am
I am sorry to hear the Estate has decided to cover The Rill, an aspect of humanity in the whole complex, it provided a very pleasant, cool, calming effect in an overdeveloped area. Whatever made them do it before assuming permission would be a foregone conclusion? Sadly I'm not surprised to hear who owns the Estate and not a British company.

It's just another foreign take over of our better community aspects in an over-commercialised area.

Stephanie
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