What a coincidence. Bexley council applies its skills to road design and a week
later someone gets close to paying for their incompetence with his life.
Another game of Clip and Flip.
As anyone who has observed the way Bexley council steadily
degrades our transport infrastructure will know, their idea of traffic planning
is to block minor roads, make corners difficult to negotiate, reduce road widths
in an unthinking manner and litter what remains with obstructions, many of them
unlit. As the chairman of one of the European Unions road safety committees told
me when I took him on a tour of the borough, Bexleys road planning department
is either malicious or incompetent. I suspect both.
The standard Bexley practice is to distribute a questionnaire to residents, fill
it with leading questions and half-truths, dismiss all the residents comments
and implement the next crazy scheme to assuage officialdom’s inflated ego.
Woolwich Road was no exception. All residents’ concerns were speedily dismissed.
Would anyone expect otherwise? It doesn’t take an expert from the E.U. or the
Transport Research Laboratories to predict the likely outcome, anyone with a
modicum of common sense can do it. If you litter a road with obstructions,
sooner or later someone is going to hit one with devastating results.
One of the local residents wrote to the council pointing out this simple truth and
John Payne (Team Leader Traffic Design) replied on behalf of Bexley council in their
customary arrogant manner that the changes were designed to help pedestrians
cross this busy road more safely and that he did not accept
or appreciate the advice. Lets hope that not too
many pedestrians choose to cross the road safely as its probably
more dangerous than it has ever been before. Within a week of installing obstructions
in Woolwich Road at a cost close to £40,000, the inevitable happened.
When photographs of the results of Bexleys idiocy were sent to Mr. Payne, his
reply was rude and evasive. As always, these over-paid public servants dont
like being proved to be the idiots too many of them are.