Monday, 3 October 2005

Town Planning

A perfect example of town planners not really thinking things through

Last year the local council spent a great deal of cash re-generating Cromer town centre. The main part of this meant narrowing the roads in the town centre. Quite ironic considering that in the 60's they demolished some of the old fishermen's cottages to make the road wider.

Anyway, I'm in the town centre this afternoon, and a funeral precession comes down the road, heading towards the church, which is more or less in the centre of the town. They're driving along at the usual respectful pace, with about ten cars behind the hearse.

Then, I knew there could be trouble. A couple of seconds later, I heard an ambulance siren. Seconds after that, said ambulance came charging down the road. Because the traffic had been caught behind the funeral precession, several cars had to mount both pavements so that the ambulance could get through.

This isn't the first time I've seen this happen, and it probably won't be the last. But it just goes to show that certain council officials may have the town's best interests at heart, but they just didn't think things through. How long before someone walking on the path is hit by a car when the emergency services come racing through the town centre?

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