What is local government ultimately about if it is not to do with delivering responsive, high quality services efficiently?


IS "DOUBLING UP" ON STREET LIGHTS A NEW ENERGY SAVING INITIATIVE?


A t several locations in the Borough "doubled up" street lighting columns have started to appear - again !

     Why? Long years of experience tell me that these occurrences are firmly linked to a total lack of coordination between those employees ordering the new lighting units and those responsible for ensuring that the "old" units are promptly removed for disposal and the road surface made good.

      Further instances of this were reported previously in Goldington Crescent click but nothing seems to change quickly in Camden these days.

Fig. 1   A not uncommon occurence at several locations in Camden.

Fig. 2   And again at Lawn Road, NW3.



A RETURN TO GUARD POSTS:
WHY DOES IT TAKE WEEKS TO REPLACE DAMAGED UNITS??


Why does it take weeks to replace damaged Traffic Guard Posts?

     These Guard Posts are relatively simple to replace.

      Something is really amiss with the mangement systems being used by Camden to deal with this sort damage.

      Clearly, a "service" or contractor has been notified of the damage caused. The "service" or contractor attends the site, removes the damaged guard post and replaces it with traffic arrow and nothing happens for weeks on end.

Fig. 3 Chalk Farm Road damaged traffic guard post


DOES CAMDEN URGENTLY NEED HIGHLY QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED
CHARTERED CIVIL ENGINEERS IN SENIOR MANAGEMENT POSITIONS?


T he answer to that question is that the Council actually urgently needed them at least 5+ years ago!

     Why? - if for no other reason - to avoid the embarrassing poorly designed "falling and/or invisible parking suspension signs" that the Authority does not seem to have realised was/is a problem it has had - and still plagues the public - from the first time these poorly designed signs began to be used over 5 years ago.

     A correspondent recently sent me a photograph of a "similar", but significantly better designed sign that has, it seems, been used by the Mteropolitan Police together with one of its "partners" in some locations (see Fig. 2).

     The sign is streets ahead of the "Camden design" and is far better "fit for purpose" (there have been a few reported "failures" but significantly less frequently than those in Camden).

     The image clearly shows that the Metropolitan Police have very much better access to technical engineering design for the "type" of "sign" that has plagued Camden for several years now.

     The Metropolitan Police sign is not "perfect" (I have photographs of "failures") but it is far superior to the sign that Camden has been using for several years now.

     Come on Camden, get your "act" together!!



Fig. 8   "Invisible" parking restriction signs.

Fig. 4   A not uncommon poorly designed "Camden Sign" - numerous photographs are available.

Fig. 6   A "Failed Camden Sign (very poorly designed: indeed "design" is not really fit for purpose).

Fig. 9   A preview of Christmas Decorations 2017 from Camden?

Fig. 5   A similar but significantly more stable sign of very much better design.


Fig. 7   A similar but more stable sign as used by the Metropolitan Police.


Fig. 10   Low sign invisible to motorists - entrapment procedure?


Updated 02 October 2017

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