Monday 16 August 2004 1.25pm
just sounding out this messageboard to see if anyone else feels strongly about the growing number of obstructions on the pavements in SE1.......
Walking is my main form of transport in London.
I am fairly fit and in my thirties.
However, during busy periods on the pavement, I cannot negoitiate Borough High Street
and some surrounding streets at rush hour without being forced to step onto the road by
a) advertising signs (ice creams, menu boards, national lottery etc.)
b) newspaper stands (inc free newspapers like TNT)
c) freestanding shops (i.e. at entrance to Borough tube station)
e) cafe/pub seating
f) pavement works by utility companies
g) cyclists, skateboarders etc.
(and, of course, other pedestrians, who I am happy to see!).
I know that some of these problems are unlikely to change - a cyclist on the path intimadating pedestrians will say the cars on the road intimidate them....... but i imagine the business spill over onto the pavement could be corrected.
An example is the Silka
Restaurant beside Borough Market
- outside their premises they have two huge plants - some people might like them and think that they add to the area (I dont) BUT they have also put a huge freestanding sign outside cutting off even more of the pavement. Am I mad or is that offensive?
Even when there are no other pedestrians around, I resent having to weave my way around the spillage from businesses. I can't imagine how anyone with the mildest mobility problems would feel crossing from London Bridge to Southwark Cathedral
- it the traffic doesnt get them the Peruvian Restaurants sloping over sign chained to a post will.
I think these signs are irritating, dangerous (they DO blow over) and on aesthetic level, make the street look shoddy.
Or should I just be glad that businesses are out there giving work to people in my neighbourhood, and support them in their efforts to tempt the commuters from Tesco/All Bar One
/Toni & Guy etc?