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Bonkers Blog October 2009

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14 October - Parking suspended, Abbey Road resurfacing today - click any image for photo gallery (4 images)

Warning sign Road markings Parked car 7.30 a.m. It seems a shame to knock the useless councillor Davey off the blogs’ top spot but things move on. Yesterday I took one of my infrequent car journeys along Abbey Road. At 1.30 p.m. everything was normal but when I returned just after 1 a.m. this morning the No Parking warning signs were out in force. I noted that even at that time there were three cars parked opposite each other. Two in the residents’ bays and one in the ‘Free’ space opposite. The accompanying photographs were taken a few minutes after 7 a.m. Every available pole was adorned with a warning notice and the road had been painted with temporary warnings throughout its length. But there is no rule about parking in the ‘Free’ section while you go on a week’s holiday so it will be interesting to see what happens to the unfortunate owner of the silver Toyota Celica come 11 a.m. when the parking gestapo is due on the scene. Expect a fourth photograph soon!

I anticipate that marking the parking spaces on the residents’ side will have the effect of narrowing the road even more. Will the Transport Research Laboratory’s prediction (confirmed by Bexley council) of increased damage to parked cars come true or will the residents avoid parking there as seems to have happened so far.

11 a.m. As expected a ticket has been placed on the Celica. The contractor told me that normally a council finding a car long-term parked will have it moved to a nearby safe place but Bexley weren’t prepared to do anything other than ticket it which “is no good to anyone. I can’t get on with my job.” He went on to say that other councils cover up the original signs when posting temporary ones to avoid ambiguity. Not so in Bexley where idiocy, money wasting and persecuting residents is the priority.


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