T he precise location for this presentation is the
pavement (footway) approximately opposite 146
Fleet Road, NW3, a One-Way street.
There are a number of "highway" issues at this
location, but for this presentation, only one of them
will be briefly explored.
The severely damaged paving at this "dropped
crossing" has existed for many months going back to
a time not long after it was reinstated. I have
"walked" to this location with Officers from Camden's
Environment Service on 19th April 2017 and have also
been sending other Council Officers photographs via a
link on my personal web site since 22nd February
2017 - with no "result" or response.
The conclusion I draw from this is that highway
defects like those displayed here may have been re-
prioritised to a lower level - or, perhaps, even not at
Nevertheless, this stands out in stark contrast to
the recently very well executed complete resurfacing
and repairs of the "estate roads" within the "gated"
Dunboyne Housing Estate in Parkhill Road a few
hundred metres away - which was, considering its
significantly lower levels of pedestrian traffic - in very
much better condition.
Clearly, "housing estate roads" are important but
shouldn't public highways be maintained to, at least,
the same standards?
The "other" issues at this location, that are not
dealt with in this presentation are:
This is a "one-way" street and there is a
"reserved" disabled parking space straddling
the "dropped" crossing. It seems likely that the
driver(s) of the vehicle(s) for whom the space
is reserved are not disabled because the
driver's door opens directly into the traffic
down the one way street. If it is the passenger
of the vehicle for whom the disabled parking
space has been reserved would it not have
been significantly better if the kerb was NOT
dropped so the disabled person for whom the
space has been reserved would have a much
safer horizontal (non-sloping) landing surface?
Why position this reserved disabled parking
space where it is when it would have made far
more sense to have located it on the opposite
side of the road and out of the way of the exit/entrance
to the "gated" privately owned "Tranley
Mews" almost opposite the dropped crossing.
Fig 1 -
"Dropped Crossing" Fleet Road, NW3 "One Way" Street towards camera
Fig 2 -
"Dropped Crossing" Fleet Road, NW3.
Is Parking Ticket being issued? (note "invisible parking suspension" facing the wrong direction)
Fig 2a - Tranley Mews - gated entrance to
property - almost
dropped kerb on other
side of one-way road