New Speedicars signage on its way

As regular readers will know, a few weeks months ago local cabbies Speedicars were forced by the Council to take down their original sign, which didn't meet council signage guidelines or conservation area regulations. Now, one of our regular contributors, Brockley Sarah, reports that a new hand-painted sign is being produced as we write this, and will soon take pride of place over their office in Coulgate Street.

The topic has been a huge source of debate on this blog, and has certainly split the congregation in two. Some called us moaning cardigan-wearers (nothing wrong with a cardi, we say) and others have bravely campaigned in their own way for more enforcement of the regulations.

Well, it appears that Speedicars have listened (or been told), and the people of Brockley will have one less garish shop-front. Photos will follow!

46 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can we please let this be the last word on the subject. I don't mind people taking a casual interest - but things really came to a head when one blog respondent said in the run-up to the meeting with the local councillor that we should "ensure that the speedicars sign is at the top of the agenda"...

tj said...

no it won't be the last word on the subject at all - I take more than a casual interest in this. Anon - if you really couldn't care, or think this should be a casual interest, why not let others do as they please and take interest if they so choose.

You really don't need to get wound up about it - just ignore it and let the others get on with it

Headhunter said...

The Speedicars sign issue seems to have come to a pleasing conclusion quite rapdily really. Other things highlighted still seem to be languishing with nothing done at all.

We talked about the satellite dishes and Wates sign last week and I noticed that the collapsed garden wall on one of the corners on Wickham Rd that we all discussed a few months back (followed by similar derision from some commenters) is still in exactly the same state, albeit slightly more covered in undergrowth. Neither the council or the housing authority, or whoever it is who owns the garden, seems to be bothered to do anything.

Brockley Kate said...

Headhunter - yes I've also been noticing the dreadful collapsed wall. Keep meaning to drop my councillor and the head of environmental services another line, but haven't got round to it ... it really is beyond belief that it can take so long for such a simple job!

Brockley Jon said...

Agree, let's turn our attention to the some of the other niggles. I'm surprised no-one has nicked the bricks from that wall yet.

JPM said...

Headhunter

The council can only get rid of those satellite dishes that have been introduced in the last 4 years. So how do we go about proving that?

tj said...

JPM - the council did a survey of the conservation area that noted on each street, amongst other things, how many sat dishes there were. If they noted this by property then, with a copy of the survey to hand, we could tell which are new.

The only other way is to notice new dishes as they go up - and insist they are relocated

nobbly brick said...

So many things to police, so little time to do it

have you noticed the number of people who *still* drive around with mobile phones clenched to their ears?

These things only get enforced, when, for instance, the said driver knocks someone over and kills them.

So, perhaps one of the fine (expendable) contributors to this blog would consider it a noble cause to be hit on the head by a falling satellite dish (loosened beforehand) and sustain at least some concussion. Then perhaps the council would act, and the Mayor would see fit to mention it on his website.

Bea said...

Anon – it was me that asked for the sign issue to be “at the top of the agenda” and despite your disparaging comments I am pleased to see my request may have had an effect.

Anonymous said...

Well done Bea! it was a small step for Coulgate Street, but a huge leap for the perception of Council enforcement.

Headhunter said...

Same with the new 20mph limits on residential streets and the avdance stop lines for cyclists at junctions. Most people just ignore both and they never get enforced.

Anonymous said...

...as you should. 20mph is far too slow a speed to drive a car at, especially in 2008.

Headhunter said...

I'm not particularly defending 20mph limits, personally I think I agree that 20 is too slow. It's almost an effort to drive a car at 20mph and I wonder if drivers would actually end up spending more time concentrating on the speedo than the road in front.

All I'm asking is why are these things implemented at (great) expense and then not enforced? It just makes councils and the authorities look ineffective and unworthy of any kind of respect.

Tressilliana said...

Don't understand. Are pedestrians' bodies tougher than they were in 2007? The point of the 20mph speed limit (whose status I'm unclear about - is it proposed or in force?) is surely to reduce the chance of killing or seriously injuring pedestrians in case of an accident. These accidents are more likely in areas where there are a lot of pedestrians, e.g. Inner London. What's the problem with that? I can't imagine drivers get much chance to go above 20mph in Inner London for more than a few yards at most times in the day.

Headhunter said...

The 20mph is very much in place in Lewisham and several other boroughs across London. Has been for several months. Look out for the big "20" signs in large circles painted across the roads.

nobbly brick said...

I think the success of the speedicars sign might be that it was the only thing that the Council felt it could achieve, both in the short term and the long term. So it gets brownie points with the more 'focussed' brockleyites.

We should not forget that speedicars seem to have been very accommodating throughout the whole sorry business, and have complied when asked to do so. Lets hope the new sign (although I didn't have a gripe with the old one) will be utterly offensive but within the guidelines.

Anonymous said...

Funnily enough nobbly, I was thinking something similar yesterday.

If I were speedicars, I'd be making up a sign that reads "F*** you, you curtain-twitching, cardigan wearing bunch of t*****s" - but of course, I'd make sure it was constructed from brushed steel on a plain wooden background so as not to contravene.

Again, the thought of this issue being at the top of ANY agenda (except, perhaps a meeting titled 'how best can we misuse resources') is worrying.

Anonymous said...

I am sure that Speedicars' owners are not petty, spiteful and pathetic like your thoughts would suggest.

nobbly brick said...

I'm sure, and I hope, you're right anon 11:57

brockley sarah said...

Calm down Mr or Mrs 'anonymous'! All very easy to start name calling when you hide behind that 'anon mask'!

Mara said...

Headhunter has a point - I always spend more time concentrating on the speedo than the road :)

Sorry, couldn't resist. Not pedantic about grammar and spelling but that typo made me giggle.

Anonymous said...

Not a typo at all - speedo is a perfectly acceptable abbrevation for speedometer - unless, of course, you're driving past a lido.

Anonymous said...

Headhuneter and speedos hmmmm

Headhunter said...

Speedo was not a typo - as Mara says, speedo is a legitimate abbreviation.

Anon 9.23 - Yes I do cut a rather fine figure in a good pair of budgie smugglers... Do you want me to show you?

The Cat Man said...

show me!

Barf Simpson said...

And there i was enjoying a nice late lunch at the desk...

Anon @ 9.23 said...

@ HH...Rather...

@ Catman...stop drooling

Barf Simpson said...

They'll be cybering next. Online dogging.

headhunter said...

Cat Man, Anon - Next Brockley Central drinks.... As long as it's not too cold.

The Cat Man said...

Tempted to turn up next time.

Almost!

What do people think about kens ex advisor calling for 'all black schools'?

Headhunter said...

What've black schools got to do with speedos?

The Cat Man said...

nothing, just heard about it on the bbc thats all! Made me angry.

Anonymous said...

We are 2 posts away from our first mention of a gay black person.

drakefell debaser said...

does this make it one to go?

The Cat Man said...

gosh, all this talk about Speedos and gay black people - is it my birthday already? Mmph!

fabhat said...

BINGO! do I win the old speedicars sign?

Headhunter said...

No you win a copy of "Dogging on the Dark Side: Public Indecency in Brockley", when it's written...

Anonymous said...

"Walthamstowe Dogs - Well so does Brockley!"

drakefell debaser said...

er, Walthamstow Dogs no more. It's closed.

Do dah said...

This is good news for Coulgate Street.

I notice that Portland the bookmakers are getting their shop front together, it's new, clean, quite nice looking.

fabhat said...

The new sign is up - painted and resplendent for all to see...

Anonymous said...

Wow. All that fuss. For that. I hope the Cardigan brigade are happy.

Looks lovely but I hope they don't miss out on trade because it's now unlit...

fabhat said...

I was getting off a midnight train when I saw it - and it was still pretty clear...White shows up pretty well under streetlights.

Anonymous said...

I heard that Speedicars is going to get one of those orange flashing lights outside their office. Does anyonr know if this is true?

Name and address withheld said...

I hope they go the whole hog with their Christmas decorations as a bit of a cheeky fingers-up! Giant Santas and sleighs and the full flashing spectrum. Obviously, they'll respectfully remove it all on 12th night.

I, like some others, really can't see what the fuss was about (after having made a special trip to see the old sign). I find the new one a bit dull tbh!

drakefell debaser said...

or maybe if they use a similar device as the batman lamp they could beam 'Speedicars' from Hilly Fields onto a giant screen hung on the Crystal Palace towers. Sounds almost as ridiculous as those that bang on about this sign. If you like the old sign so much I am sure Speedicars might sell it and then the possibilities are endless. You could even go around the world with it and have its picture taken in exotic locations.

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