The long-running slow redevelopment of King’s Court – the former office block near the level crossing – into flats has featured in the Eye’s posts quite a few times. But there’s been a slighty surprising change. The paved area by the front door which usually has a car or two parked on it has suddenly become a little more secure. The barrier which has been open for as long as we can remember is now closed and locked.
Also, a lockable bollard has been installed. (We noted the five bolt holes for just three bolts with some interest….) The bollard seems to be intended to block vehicles from driving over the kerb into the ‘parking area’. But driving over the pavement is, we believe, illegal anyway.,
If you wander along Knoll Walk from the theatre to the shops, and you look at the back of the cafes and restaurants just south of Barclays, you’ll see these wheelie bins. You might also – like the Eye – wonder how they’re emptied. Access is hardly easy. Do you think the ‘sack barrow’ next to the bins has something to do with it?
If you have any interest in parking in the following roads, this item is for you. Valroy Close, King’s Ride, Shalbourne Rise, Portesbery Road, Clarewood Drive, Upper Gordon Road, Grand Avenue, Firwood Drive, France Hill Drive, The Avenue, Chapel Road, Victoria Avenue, Chillingham Way, Heatherdale Road, Crabtree Road, Watchmoor Road, Latham Avenue, Hale Way, Portsmouth Road, Stamford Avenue, or Lakeland Drive.
Changes are proposed to the parking regulations that apply to the above roads. You can read an extract of the formal documentation HERE. If you want to comment on the proposals, a consultation is underway for about the next four weeks. You’ll find it HERE.
Probably the change that will impact on the greatest number of people is the reduction of free parking in Upper Gordon Road from two hours to one hour. If you feel strongly about this, one way or the other, then do respond to the consultation.
(If you’re wondering about the photo included in this item, it shows the official newspaper notice listing the changes. It’s a wonderful example of a communication that doesn’t communicate!)
There’ll be a vast number of cameras/phones on duty at the car show today, and the Eye’s humble Instamatic won’t be able to compete. So we’ll leave it at home and just wander around off-duty. But our Eye lids will be open again tomorrow.
We’ve not said anything lately about progress in redeveloping Ashwood House. So here’s an update about the removal of the ramp that used to descend from the third floor. There’s virtually nothing left of it! All that remains seems to be the stump of a reinforced column that used to hold the ramp up. As yet, no work on the building itself can be seen.
(The photos aren’t particularly informative, but taking even these was a challenge. They involved standing on tiptoe in the central reservation of Pembroke Broadway and trying – not totally successfully – to keep bits of tree from getting in the way of the camera.)
Have you ever noticed that the pavement inside the studs in front of the Atrium is sometimes cleaner than the pavement closer to the kerb? Presumably, the studs mark the boundary of the Atrium’s property, and the Atrium’s cleaners don’t go outside them? Which is fair enough, though it creates a rather odd impression.
Easy-to-miss notices have been added to some of the parking spaces on the fourth floor of Main Square car park. (They’re particularly easy to miss if you back into the space.) Don’t take our word for it – all the spaces were occupied when we looked yesterday, and none of the cars in them displayed blue badges as required by the car park ‘rules’.
Presumably the arrangement is because regular disabled spaces are out of action while resurfacing work is underway. But even though it’s a temporary situation, some more visable signage wouldn’t go amiss.
There HAS been progress in attending to the damaged grating at the bottom of the highest ramp in Main Square car park. The traffic cones have been removed! But the grating itself remains unrepaired. Is there an opportunity to drive over it then bill the council for a new tyre?? (The ‘coneless’ photo in this post was taken yesterday; the photo showing cones is dated 24th July.)
You know the sort of ‘warning’ that often appears in public places. Words along the lines of ‘Bicycles and skate boards are not allowed’. Well, the Atrium is no exception. It has a such a notice on the wall, with sufficient text that it takes a while to read it all. But where is the notice? We bet you’ve never seen it. It’s right by the exit – yes, the EXIT – to the car park. Just to make sure you don’t spot it, it’s the same colour as the wall on which it’s mounted. Have a look at these two photos (they were taken a few days ago, but probably nothing has changed since):
Do you see it now??