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Bonkers Blog June 2013

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15 June - Broadway. It’s terrific! Or should that be terrorific?

No footpath Parking next to crossingAccording to council leader Teresa O’Neill the new arrangements in Broadway will “lead to further economic regeneration as early indications are already showing”. Where it shows she doesn’t say, however she does say the changes have resulted “in a higher quality and more usable street area with enhanced road safety’.

Maybe it is unfair of me to highlight Arnsberg Way which is currently blocked to pedestrians by building materials. No provision has been made for safely crossing the road but at least it is only temporary. Unfortunately the parking bays in Broadway aren’t.

No one needs reminding that pedestrian crossings are marked on each side with lengthy zig-zag lines where parking is prohibited so as not to impede the view. Bexley council has thrown all that out of the window. The car shown is legally parked in a Disabled bay right next door to a shared space pedestrian crossing place. View very much restricted. What is Teresa trying to do? Kill more residents?

WalkStanding on Broadway with my camera has got me into many conversations with curious passers-by. The condemnation of the scheme is universal and I have encouraged some to write to Teresa with their views. She needs to be brought down to earth because at the moment she is telling enquirers that at “the Civic Parade on Sunday a number of people there said how terrific the changes were”.

I’m not sure when that could have happened because I and a friend or two shadowed O’Neill on her walk from Christ Church to the Clocktower where she sat within the VIP’s enclosure and when the ceremonials were concluded went and stood by her limousine waiting to be whisked away. I have loads of photographs and she kept close to councillor Colin Campbell, David Evenett MP, Will Tuckley and young Master Perrior. I suspect the true number of people who complimented Teresa on the road began with a big fat Z.


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