I just read the above statement in the Sydenham Society thread regarding the proposed Nandos development. I started replying there, but realised this was a separate topic.Several people expressed concerns that bikes would be parked on pavements blocking safe pedestrian passage.
Given the above statement, please could I implore the Sydenham Society to do anything it can to help with exactly this situation at the parade of shops opposite the library. By which I mean everything from the tyre shop and the excellent Barrakah through to the recently renovated ex paint shop.
It was a great boost for us to get the new pavements down there a few years back, but people can be really irresponsible - and now there is a constant stream of vans, cars, motorbikes etc all using the pavement as their own private parking space.
Consequently the paving stones that we were so delighted to receive are slowly being ruined, becoming loosened or broken, and covered in filthy tyre tracks and oil from refuse.
In addition, it makes it really hazardous for pedestrians, both in terms of risking collision with reversing cars or motorbikes, and sometimes facing considerable aggression from the drivers of these vehicles, for daring to be in their path. On the pavement.
Could bollards be put in? Or anything, really. It's hard to see that stretch being destroyed and not think: this is why we cannot have nice things.
Any advice or positive action the Sydenham Society could offer would be very much appreciated, as is the work it already does.