Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Obstruction of the footway

The builders working at 7 Comely Bank Road E17 have engaged in that commonplace builders' practice of running a board across the pavement in order to tip waste into a skip from a wheelbarrow.

It is obstructive and unlawful but the reason that they do it is that there is little or no enforcement of the law, builders have zero consciousness of the needs of people with a mobility handicap, pedestrians in general have a low consciousness of their rights (and neither the government, Council nor the mass media is very interested in raising awareness of the rights of walkers), and this Council's own environmental services inspectorate has always been massively under-resourced. This is just one of the thousand and one reasons why fewer and fewer people choose to walk.