Thursday 4 November 2004 7.24pm
Here's an update on the issues I brought up in the original post:
1) The London Dungeon
has now instituted a very sensible queue control policy which leaves far more room for pedestrians along the pavement adjacent to London Bridge Station
and keeps the London Bridge Tube/Train station entrance free from being blocked. Way to go whomever!!
2) I used the Parks' Service section of the Southwark website for filing a report about the bollard ring. I got a reply within a few days from Southwark Park Services and after several attempts to understand what I was talking about finally resulted in The Ring
being removed. The system worked!!!
3) The lamps by the South Bank Centre remain a mess...
4) I read today on the BBC website about Anti-Social Behaviour Orders and how they are being used in the most creative ways (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/3979263.stm). I may well use this if the situation ever recurs where I am intimidated by loud obnoxious drunks who go every day to the same area in the same public park and toss insults and beer cans at whatever. I'm not totally sure how I feel about these ASBOs but they may just be one of the few regualtions which give power to the individual to actually get something done. Not to be used lightly, but definately to be used.
5) At about the same time that I posted this post, I also posted something about the St Mary Magdelene's Park and some vagrants who had set up a camp to live in. I had called the police about them several times but the police said they couldn't do anything. Eventually an armed robbery was committed by one of the vagrants and the police came and tore up the camp leaving vagrant rubbish all over a strip of land adjacent to the park. Well clearly it wasn't the police job to clear up but "joined-up government" would have had the police call the parks department and report the situation. I
So I contacted the Southward Park Services about this and in the past several months they cleaned up all the rubbish and then took the vacant land which had become overgrown and derelict and served as a toilet for the local park-drunks and created a mini-park with new plantings, lawn, trees etc.
It's easy enough in this struggling city for me to get negative and slam everyone and everything when things go wrong, and I know I'm not alone in that.
But sometimes things do get done well and I thought I should give credit where credit is due. Thanks to all the people and public services above who helped right some wrongs.