No sign of the sign – and more

As Steve pointed out a couple of days ago, the damaged and dangerous sign in Knoll Road that we had written about has been removed. Our first photo shows part of the remains – circular patches of tarmac where there used to be metal posts.

But, a bit of a surprise. The orange barriers near the tarmac patches are nothing to do with the sign – past or present. If you look closely at our second photo, you may be able to see that the notice hanging on the barriers says ‘Trip Hazard’. And, indeed it’s right. We’d spotted that hazard ourselves.

Our third photo shows the uneven paviors responsible – as they were before the barriers were installed. We were going to report them via ‘FixmyStreet’, but the County Council’s discouraging reply to our report of the dangerous road sign slowed us down. However, full marks to the council workforce that not only noticed the hazard but actually did something about it. That’s worth a pat on the back.

Does anyone care?

We haven’t shown a photo of this road sign for quite a while? It’s been twisted through ninety degrees, and useless, for – we guess – a couple of years. It seems unbelievable that nobody from the council – borough or county – has passed by the sign in all that time. (The sign is between the A30 and the Atrium car park roundabout, so it’s in a busy location).

Who pays for the pointless sign? One way and another, we do. We always do. Maybe we should defund the councils so that they have to make good use of every penny of ours.

We’ll say it again – we think it’s wrong

We reckon that there should be a ‘dropped kerb’ on this corner in Princess Way – and opposite it, of course.. Otherwise, pushchairs and disability scooters are going to have to cope with ordinary kerbs when they cross the entrance to the service area.

The best time to put it right is BEFORE Dyer and Butler – who are doing the work on the High Street – leave town. But we’re not optimistic.

We reported a ‘dangerous’ road sign via ‘Fix my Street’ late yesterday.

We’ve already had a reply from the county council:

From: Surrey County Council []
Sent: 25 October 2020 19:04
To: xxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Problem Report: Large traffic sign about to collapse on the pavement (Reference: 1701007) IMPORTANT please read


Reference is #1701007. Due to current pressures, we are unable to respond to all emails and some enquiries can only be made using our online reporting options. Please see below for details.

Roads, pavements and highways enquiries
We provide a 24/7 phone service for road emergencies within Surrey. Please call us on 0300 200 1003 to report an emergency.

All other highways issues must be reported online here:

We are unable to accept any new highways reports or enquiries by email.

Social Care enquiries – All Social Care enquires must be made directly to the Service.
Contact Adults’ Social Care
Contact Children’s Social Care

All other enquiries
Where available, please use our online reporting options to contact us. This provides you with the fastest response and helps us to prioritise critical services and vulnerable residents.

It makes you proud to be a tax-payer… (And it makes using ‘Fix my Street’ a waste of time.)

Railing against Railtrack

A month ago, the uneven level crossing was closed for a full weekend. We’d expected that this was to – well – level the crossing, but driving over it afterwards was an even more bumpy, experience. So it’s good to note that the substantial dip in the road has now been filled with tarmac. But why was the road left in such a poor state in the first place?

Bollard sleeves

When bollard sleeves (we didn’t know that was what they were called at the time) appeared around the town, we thought that they were a good idea. A bit of colour, and a human touch. But later they became broken and torn. At which point, we got rather hot under the collar; we don’t like litter. However, we’re pleased to say that the damaged sleeves were cleared away, and replaced by new ones. So we’re happy once more!

Unusual use of scaffolding planks

We were walking along the High Street the other day when we spotted a couple of scaffolding planks in the guttering above the former Kitchen Kapers shop. Metaphorical head-scratching followed – why were they there?

Our best guess is that they were there for a good reason. As we’ve mentioned previously, the building is being modified. Changes to the roof are mainly at the back of the building, but it’s quite possible that tiles at the front could be dislodged by the work within. In the absence of anything to stop them, the tiles could crash onto the pavement below. Hence the planks.

Or is there a different explanation?