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Bonkers Blog February 2013

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17 February (Part 1) - Impressive imagination

A load of ballsI suppose I shouldn’t rise to the bait, but anonymous emails are extraordinarily frustrating. If readers dissent with what is written here why, metaphorically speaking, lob a brick and run for it? Even more annoying are those who entirely miss the point or misunderstand it.

“Why” - referring to ‘Broadway - very literally’ - “am I so against widening pavements” asked someone yesterday evening. It was news to me. I have expressed the hope that the workmanship is of a higher standard than that imposed on Orpington. I have surmised that the more acute bend outside ASDA is designed to slow traffic, and I fail to see why diverted traffic is sent around an anti-clockwise circle during the construction period, but I see absolutely nothing to criticise in the scheme itself. It was described as “impressive” when first announced.

When correspondents wrote predicting an increase in the rate of pedestrian accidents I replied that a friend who once worked for the Transport Research Laboratory studying the effects of such shared space schemes, told me that if well designed the new Broadway should not be a problem.

In any case, if nothing is ever changed the whole place will get to look tatty - and surely the western end of Broadway already was.


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