Don’t forget that the informal sessions about the Olympics parking arrangements are being held today (Friday 3rd Feb) and tomorrow at the Clarendon Hotel. I’m hoping to go along tomorrow, but if you manage to get there before me, please drop a note into the comments, and don’t forget to go and admire the ugly statue…
Good article in the Evening Standard about the bus lane camera of doom. I’ve had loads of emails about this from various unhappy people. It seems like a hell of a tax. I can’t actually find the camera in question on Streetview, but might take a wander later to pinpoint it. If anyone spots it, please add a comment below.
I seem to remember someone telling me that in South Africa people often shoot at speed cameras. (I’m not suggesting that as a course of action!)
In just over three months since going live, the Blackheath camera generated Lewisham 3,742 tickets — more than £220,000 in fines….
It means it is on course to earn at least £900,000 if the tickets are paid promptly, securing a 50 per cent discount, but more likely to be well over £1 million….
…A leading criminal barrister is contesting a £60 ticket he was issued. Rupert Bowers, who has defended multi-million-pound fraud cases brought by HM Revenue and Customs, is now turning his attention to Lewisham.
In the comments, Kate points out:
The camera is on the wall of Felicity Thingy estate agents, above the late lamented chocolate shop, very high but pointing straight up the road. It’s not painted yellow or anything useful.
As reported by manypeopleyesterday, there was a car crash at the junction of Stratheden Road and Charlton Road around Blackheath Standard yesterday, resulting in the death of an elderly lady. An eye-witness emailed me with this info:
Two cars were chasing each other like lunatics and going at very fast speed, I reckon about 90mph. They both nearly hit my car on the Charlton Road before the first one went out of control and crashed into the pedestrian traffic island opposite the Old Dover Road (near M&S)
The really awful thing is that they collided head on with a pedestrian who was killed outright. She wouldn’t have stood a chance at the speed the car was going. It was so fast, that the car took most of the concrete and railings with it.
Amazingly, the driver and passenger weren’t injured but then got out of the car and tried to run away. At least one of them was chased and caught by some builders in the area.
I know the police are keen to take more witness statements of anybody who saw what happened. They really want to get a conviction since this poor pedestrian died so I wondered if you would mind publicising this.
If you know anything, you can call 0300 123 1212 to get through to Greenwich Police.
As spotted on (LibDem councillor) Godfried Gyechie’s blog:
Lewisham council are running a questionnaire about the speed reducing measures around Blackheath Village that have been in place since 2005. In a great example of Government 0.9 (rather than 2.0), you are required to download a PDF file, print out pages 12 and 13, then post them (Freepost) back to the council. No email address, no web-form.
Here’s a list of the roads being reviewed:
Prince of Wales Road (within 20mph zone)
Tranquil Vale (within 20mph zone)
I can’t imagine that they’ll be digging up the various measures that are already in place (all the data displayed in the brochure suggests that accidents have declined). But if you’d like to let them know that the improvements are appreciated, or indeed to find out what exactly a Speed Cushion (possibly an illegal drug?) or a Raised Table really is, then please do!
And, just for fun, here are their main questions, in a web form. Note that Lewisham Council will not be receiving the results here – if you want them to receive your thoughts, find a printer and postbox! It took me about 5 minutes to knock up:
Image at the top is (probably) copyright Lewisham council, although it has been lovingly stitched back together by me, as it was split across two pages for some reason.