Arts & Elbows

A catalogue of commentary on events in Thanet and occassionally the rest of the world.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Road To Nowhere

The Parade in Margate is looking like the bombsite it never was during the second world war. This is down to the artistry of gas workers who have installed more holes than a gang of moles and have even resorted to closing Market Street so they can have plant running on the pavement.
Yesterday the closure prevented anyone legally getting to the Market Street car park, the single diversion sign just directed traffic up the High Street. A great defecit to all of the lower town traders on a bright sunny day when they might expect business to pick up. The car park is only ever that empty on a Sunday.
Of course problems like this can be dealt with by a swift phone call to KCC highways department. Well I suggest "of course" but the reality is "No" as in "no problem like this can be dealt with". KCC highways don't know of any works in this area, they're confused by the mention of "Market Street" and "Market Street carpark" because "it's either a street or a carpark, it can't be both.", but they'll have an inspector check on it, but they don't know when that might happen.
Expressed concerns about the safety for drivers and pedestrians alike are gleefully dismissed. It doesn't matter that folk are driving both ways down one way streets, nor that signs are covered with bin bags and proper traffic flow is unclear. "So long as the signs are still there that's all that matters." claims Highways, I wonder how soon their tune might change if there's an accident. Actually I doubt it might ever change, any lack of safety on their part has to be paid for by us, the tax-payers. Why should they worry?


Blogger Snailspace said...

Look at the bin bag as a peice of illuminated Art.
It makes the whole sorry mess easier to bear

9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is such a mess!here we are in May with the Piatza looking like this!the traders must despair at the sorry excuse we have as a council.We were promised regeneration and help to improve this neglegected part of a beautiful coast,what with this and the sad state of the high street-i could could be soo good...

3:21 PM  
Blogger Snailspace said...

I think they should be renamed Degeneration.
I've heard that The Thanet Way is the longest Cul-De Sac in England

10:58 PM  

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