Floodgates opened to poles

Lionel sent us this picture of a new outbreak of signs in Hilly Fields, which he says appear next to lamp posts every few metres.

Without wishing to sound like Nigel Farage ourselves, this is everything that is wrong with public spending. Unnecessary, unaccountable, ugly and in an age of austerity, unfathomable.

Whoever thought spending money to let us know that the footpath is for walking on may just as well have drafted a 500 word article for the Daily Mail, urging Osborne to cut deeper. 

24 comments:

Judge Rudy said...

i for one never knew that i could walk along that path, and when i found myself walking along it completely by accident i never knew i could actually do it in that direction....

i think that the information on that sign is so vital that ever attempt should be made by lewisham council to publicise it, maybe a sign could be attached to the lamp post thats 10 inches away with an arrow pointing to the sign that tells people that the path they are walking on is a path that they can walk on...

or something....

RCH said...

Why the hell have I had to stare out my window for the last 8 weeks at an unfinished lamp post?

taxloss said...

Who on earth at the council is signing this off. (no pun intended). Why o why? What a waste of time, money, effort, materials and resources. The world has gone mad...

Voop said...

Perhaps they are about to introduce a one way footpath system on Hilly Fields. One way up, one way down. Much more orderly.

Magic Geoff said...

Surely some arty scamp can think of some amusing extra signs to stick to that pole. Seems a shame to have only one sign on such a large pole...

Michael_fh said...

That's not a road sign you silly people!
It is a playground - the vertical parallel bars, which are great for climbing. The arrow is meant as a challenge to the youth.

Simply Lorna said...

Nope. It's not a road sign or a pathway sign. It's a training venue. The lampost next to it is rather special and has a multitude of colour schemes that start up when night time hits. The pole, is actually a new training pole for prospective exotic dancers wishing to train in the outdoors. Now *there* is a business we are missing in Brockley.......

Max Calò said...

Hold on, if it had only the man figure it would say that it's a walking path, with the addition of the arrow pointing upwards it looks like it's saying "pedestrians escaping gravity".

Lizzie Bruce said...

You can't even do pole dancing on it though as it's too close to the lamppost :(!

choosenick said...

Not only All The Things That Have Been Said, but it looks like the little pole is wonky. YOU HAD ONE JOB!

Claire said...

FGS. This is definitely an "if we don't spend the budget we will lose it next year" move.

Monkeyboy said...

it clearly shows the correct way to run round, the hilly field runners defy that weekly

JPM said...

UKIP this way

M O'Brien said...

What happens if you are walking other way? You can't see the sign and will never know you are going the wrong way.

LCM said...

Are there any footpaths for women?

Roggie said...

Take a look at the multiplying cycle stands St Norbert's/Frendsbury Road http://twitter.com/roggys/status/438969445118406656/photo/1 I can understand having 2 stands there but 7? Given that Nisa at Brockley station has none even though the council obtained 106 funding specifically for cycle parking. Guess they can tick a box re installing cycle parking.

Brian Blakemore said...

Everyone has overlooked the fact that blind people are totally unaware that these pathways are for walking along. In effect, for those who cannot see these signs are essential ...?

hilly said...

We specifically asked Skanska and their council representative whether we could have signage (useful info like direction of cafe or w.c.s) stencilled on to the lamp columns. Seems that would be too simple when there is money to be spent putting more clutter. Roggie as for bike racks, 12 new ones appeared in the park just before Christmas, unbeknown to the friends or Greenscene. Fortunately Greenscene were as keen to get them taken out as we were. We have requested the removal of these posts too.

Dannys1234 said...

Slightly off topic, but not sure if anyone else has noticed that bins have been removed from several bus stops in the area. Loampit Hill, Shell Road, Vicars. What is the Council up to?

Tim said...

Hang on Roggie and hilly.
The cycle racks at least serve a purpose and are in line with the policy of encouraging people to use bikes more.

hilly said...

We had already agreed the cycle rack positions and they had been installed in February. We'd asked around and feedback was that cyclists was that they didn't want to walk on the muddy grass to park bikes. So we agreed with Glendale (who were installing) on positions and these were on the existing tarmac paths.

Previously a cycle officer (we think ) at Lewisham had taken it upon themselves to decide on the position of cycle racks. We never saw a bike parked on the top of the Eastern Road ones, but just as well, as a vehicle trashed the first one and then hit the second one. It was subsequently moved to by the tennis courts (a popular place for locking your bike).

The latest batch of bike racks, seemed to be put in to fill some quota on look what we've done to encourage cycling, rather than meet a demand now or in the future.

Sara said...

meanwhile, this same council has laid off 4 people in its special educational needs team and has targets to cut statements (support) for special needs children by 17%. But to get back to amenities, for the full skinny on how they plan to claw back the money to ensure that their mates at Conway & Skanska can holiday in the sun, see table starting page 26 here http://councilmeetings.lewisham.gov.uk/documents/s27556/Budget%202014%20Appendices.pdf

Judge Rudy said...

i'll admit that yes, i am unemployed, and this year due to the shortfall in council tax, lewisham council chose, instead of swallowing it themselves (as some local councils have done) to forward it on to benefit claimants... now, i am not begrudging them the three quid a week i have to pay, but at least my dog can p!ss against this year's £150 council tax bill (i am guessing they cost about a hundred and fifty quid each, but hey, who am i kidding, this is a cash cow council contract so i'll take the first two feet of that post)...


i am going to adopt that particular post as mine, and say that although i am unemployed, i have made a valuable contribution to my surroundings and provided you all with a post that you can look at with an air of wonder and astonishment, for years to come people can gather round it, just like the druids at stone henge and say 'judge rudy, he may have been an obnoxious layabout punk rocker, but he made the world a slightly better place, and his memory, like the stink of dog pee around this post, shall endure....'

so i shall sign off and say 'this is my gift to you.....'

Roggie said...

Fully agree Tim but 8 racks (18) bikes at this location is a bit OTT (more than at Brockley station). Lewisham did get £30k funding from TfL specifically for cycle parking and at a guess these 7 stands will be about £2k. I am sure most readers could think of a location for 1 stand that would be used, say outside Nisa by Brockley station or anywhere by the shops in Crofton Park, outside Brockley Jack.

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