Brockley Cross baby steps


The roadworks clogging up Brockley Cross at the moment will at least leave the street outside the Tea Factory with lovely paving, instead of lumpy concrete, bringing the unlikely prospect of Brockley Cross cafe culture one small step closer, so long as drivers can be persuaded not to carry on parking on it.

25 comments:

Ed said...

No bollards, trees etc. but an improvement. I will be reporting anyone parking there once it's done. It's especially annoying when drivers park blocking access.

Headhunter said...

Not that the council will do anything. Unless parking enforcement is a revenue stream as in a CPZ, the council doesn't do much.

drakefell debaser said...

Wow, Brockley really is getting some love. Long may it continue.

Anonymous said...

So is it legal for the park there, as seems to the custom in Brockley?

Fish said...

Ed, I see cars parked on double yellow lines around the station every day. Not sure the Council will act on your calls.

I agree with Headhunter that without CPZ it is a waste of time.

Ed said...

Illegal and dropped kerbs have gone which might make some difference... I won't miss works noise in the morning when trying to recover from a hangover.

Headhunter said...

Ed - Talking of noise, how is it living in the Tea Factory with Brockley X and Endwell on 1 side and the train tracks and ELL announcements on the other? Do you just never open your windows or are you used to it? Just wondering.

I used to live in a flat set back from Essex Rd in Islington and the noise of buses, cars and emergency vehicles constantly piling along drove me insane. I moved to Manor Ave and it felt like I had moved to a world with no sound. Bliss. I need to be able to escape the city every now and then.

Ed said...

HH - The soundproofing is very good. Freight on the high level line is probably loudest but I don't notice it unless the windows on that side are open. I never get woken at night but I used to live on the same street as a hospital in Manhattan so somewhat used to noise.

Hot Gossip- parking news special said...

Penalty charge notices are being issued to vehicles illegally parked, such as across a dropped kerb, or on double yellow lines around the station.

Brockley Nick said...

It's working! Justice is served.

patrick1971 said...

@Ed, completely agree with you about the freight trains. My house on Manwood Road backs on to the railway line, and we have a high soundproofing fence. You barely notice the passenger trains, but the freight trains are still incredibly loud. Is it because they're heavier, does anyone know? @Monkeyboy?

Anonymous said...

The new paving is all very nice, but how will delivery vehicles access the Tea Factory development? For the much-needed café to become a reality, vehicular access is surely a necessity? A loading/unloading only access ramp is needed for both the proposed cafe and the TeaLeaf Arts gallery (for delivery/collection of heavy or bulky artworks). I dare say that the Green Tea Architects occasionally need large display models deliveed or collected.
ZAG.

Anonymous said...

How many cafes do you know that need an access ramp?

ZAG said...

Because of their proximity to the roundabout, the 'café', TeaLeaf Arts Gallery and Green Tea Architects, have no 'on-road' loading/unloading area. The man working on the pavement refurbishment last Wednesday said that yellow lines were to be painted, followed by bollards, to prevent vehicular access. With appropriate clear signage and a strategically-placed ramp, loading & unloading ONLY, could have been performed in front of these businesses, without promoting actual parking. Another consideration might be to allow disabled access, as the new kerb is rather high for a wheelchair or mobility vehicle to negotiate.

Ed said...

CASUALTY AT BRIDGE CROSSING c08:30 08/06/2010 Lady knocked down flat in the MIDDLE of the ZEBRA crossing by a male cyclist. He was wearing earphones and was very apologetic. Injuries seemed to be grazing a bruising and she was able to hobble to the station. Several passersby assisted.

WHEN SOMEONE DIES OR IS SERIOUSLY INJURED AT BX IT MAY GET THE ATTENTION IT SORELY NEEDS.

Anonymous said...

Which crossing - the one on Brockley road?

Ed said...

CORRECTION 08/09/2010 - TODAY

Ed said...

AT BX by the bridge and barbers'shops/BMW parking space.

Anonymous said...

that crossing is nasty.

Headhunter said...

Yeah, quite often the cars barely skim you as you walk across the zebra, or they just don't stop at all

Monkeyboy said...

I think it may be poorly sited. I've been crossing several times when cars have sailed through, more
than usual for a crossing? I suspect they are focusing on the roundabout.

Ed said...

The site is part of the problem although there are other visibility issues. The whole junction needs a redesign that focuses on pedestrian safety and accessibility; I am not sure how a single crossing at such a complex junction is justifiable.

Still once someone is killed or badly injured the council will have to do something about it; I don't think it will take that long and who knows, maybe it will be you or me!

As I am ranting I'd like to ask how many others feel threatened or inconvenienced by cyclists using pavements. I am sure many of them don't know that this is not permitted and I am sure none of the BC cycle lobby do this, but friends in other areas of London have the same complaint. Would an awareness campaign (like the dog shit signs/stencils) make any difference?

Ed said...

Car skidded noisily to a halt at the dangerous bridge crossing this morning to avoid hitting pedestrians that the driver had not seen as he was driving round the corner too fast.

I'll be starting a book on when the fatality that will lead to the council sorting this out will occur.

I only see the junction a few minutes a day and have seen a colision and a near miss in less than a weeek, I would imagine there are several each day.

Monkeyboy said...

Need to look at the crossing and the double roundabout together, I suspect the problems are caused by that. When cars sail past me they seem to be either looking at the roundabout or have just turned off it.

Ed said...

This morning's incident originated from the other direction but I agree.

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