Crazy paving

Brockley locals well know that the area's pavements are far from perfect. But the state of the flooring outside the Barge has become extreme even by SE4 standards.





The cracked, uneven paving slabs were unconvincingly patched up with a few splodges of tarmac recently, and barriers erected around the worst parts:




And now some fencing has appeared, suggesting that further action may perhaps be forthcoming at some stage:


BC can only hope that this happens quickly, as the scene is currently even more of an eyesore than usual.

29 comments:

Brockley Nick said...

Great post - love the tarmac infill!

Anonymous said...

Quickly ? You must be joking

Brockley Kate said...

That tarmac infill is just plain bad, isn't it.

Matt-Z said...

Is that the spot where Brockley's christmas tree usally wilts?

Brockley Nick said...

Yup. A christmas tree surrounded by traditional grey metal safety fencing.

Brockley Kate said...

... and fragments of paving stones ...

The Cat Man said...

I think we can guess who the contractors are for the pavement works. The same thing happened in my road - Revelon Rd, I had to take photos of before and after the botched tarmac infill and only then did they actually agree to replace it with a paving stone to 'do me a favour'.

complete joke.


Re - Christmas Tree - Can we put this up at the end of the station ramp perhaps this year? The bit where the piazza was going to be!!!

Brockley Nick said...

@Catman - that is a nice idea. Coulgate Street is the most Chrismassy part of this end of Brockley and there is already a handrail, so we wouldn't need the ugly security railings.

Tressillian James said...

The tarmac infill - an asphalt vomit - visually sums up the attitude of the council contractors. We've seen it all over, I remember seeing Catman's post on a repair near him; and I noticed the railings on the station stairs are not straight because the footings arent level, and some of the paving was already up. Who QAs the work I wonder?

The Cat Man said...

Great! who do I lobby?

Matt-Z said...

By the way, who's turning on the Brockley xmas lights this year? Someone of national importance like Kerry Katona, or a locally-based celeb like the bloke out of Four Weddings?

Brockley Kate said...

I'd love to know who sorts out that Xmas tree each year. Is it BrocSoc or BXAG, or does it come from the council?

Ed said...

I had assumed that someone has stolen the (york?) stone. Matter of time before that whole pavement is tarmac or cement. Water collecting at the botton of the station steps due to poor drainage. Antislip strips coming up from steps since the project was completed. A total balls up. I have to concentrate on the mosaic on the way in to stop myself getting angry. The council and their contractors are short sighted, cheapstake chancers. But we are getting some new boozers.

Matt-Z said...

Kate - I'd assume by the crap nature of the tree (limp, dying fir tree, crash barriers, not much in the way of decoration) that the council were behind it.

Brockley Kate said...

Matt - That was my assumption, I must admit, but I wanted to check whether I was maligning them!

It's great, the view local people have of Lewisham Council, isn't it. And does the council care?

Matt-Z said...

I'm sure some people who work for Lewisham care about the borough, just not all, and as has been mentioned there's little or no quality control.

Also if it was the BrocSockers behind the tree they'd surely make a big song and dance about it, and the tree would look much nicer. Actually there's a challenge for them - can they get involved with it somehow? Perhpas get local school kids to make decorations.

Brockley Kate said...

I was wondering if it might be possible to hijack the Xmas tree ...

Matt-Z said...

And hold it to ransom?

"Give us the Victoria to Bellingham service or it's wood chip time!"

Brockley Kate said...

Hmmm, I was thinking more along Catman's lines - put it up somewhere nicer and have a proper lighting-up ceremony.

We could ceremonially burn a council representative at the stake, too, of course ...

Sue Donym said...

I'll be nailing an egg to a cross this year...

Anonymous said...

I cant see why Lewisham doesn't employ there own road crew,At least It would be done properly,and a damn sight cheaper,contractors never seem to come back and put It right anyway.

Paddyom said...

When will the Council ever get its act together? How basic.

Anyone else sick of the terrible road surface at the top end of Tressillian Rd by Hilly Fields? You could lose a small child in some of the craters there.

Brockley Nick said...

Although the surface there is truly terrible, I like to think of it as an economical way to limit vehicle speeds at a corner that is fairly dangerous to cross, right next to the park.

Paddyom said...

Your right Nick, cheaper than another speed bump i guess ;)

Sue said...

What a mess.

Re bits of tarmac where there should be slabs, generally (but by the looks of it not in this case) it's because a utlity company has dug the pavement up. They are allowed 6 months to make it good before the Council can start fining them for failing to do so. What often happens is that either the utilities company or the contractor working for the utilities company (or even sub-contractor working for the contractor - you get the picture)- forget for six months and only sort it out when the fines start kicking in. When I notice bits of temporary tarmac in Ladywell ward that I think have been there more than 6 months, I do flag it up with highways, but it helps if residents can report these too by calling Envirocall on 020 8314 7171. There's a stretch on Chudleigh Road I reported recently, which I've been told will get fixed soon. Bits of Ladywell Road pavement are still like a patchwork quilt of various utilities companies' handiwork, despite us reporting it on numerous occasions, having walkabouts with highways officers etc.

The street works permiting scheme that Lewisham has recently become part of might improve things, though time will tell.

Re that awfully pot-holed stretch of Tressillian - it is on the list for resurfacing very soon (the Brockley ward bit at least, which is on a bus route, but the lower part running down to St Margarets Road, which is also in a state, is not unfortunately).

Finally, what eventually worked where all else had failed when I was trying to get the huge pot hole outside the shops on Brockley Road (opposite St Andrews), was threatening to float some plastic ducks in it and calling the local press. . .

Robert Mcalpine said...

They never used to have this trouble when they had there own team,But now Its contractors they dont seem to care,once they have a signed contract for all the work.

As for fines,they never materialise,the contractors always have some reason why the work hasn't been done.

Anonymous said...

Most of the roads around here are like that, at least it's just broken pavings. Harefield Road which loads of people use to get to the station is frequented by a dog with bowel problems. This coupled with the unswept leaves, overgrown hedges, broken slabs, sporadic street lighting makes for a daily obstacle course, that's why you often see people walking in the road scrambling out of the way of the 484.

Anonymous said...

Its unbelievable,how hard can It be to change a couple of paving slabs,I bet It takes longer to do the paper work.

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