My blog piece last week about cars illegally entering the Skinnergate pedestrian area during the day has produced a considerable amount of support from other nearby retailers. Both the Northern Echo and the D&S Times (as their page 1 lead story) reported on the matter last week. Since then a number of traders in Skinnergate have been to see me to ask whether anything can be done to block the entry point until such time as the Council get the rising bollard fixed.
With the nice weather this week, one of the cafes in Skinnergate has put tables and chairs out in front of their premises, which is great. But then cars, taxis and vans are charging down the street, whizzing past the tables by a matter of inches. With the schoolkids on holiday, it's only a matter of time until someone gets seriously hurt. Another of the cafes (Three Squares) would like to put tables and chairs outside, but can't do so with all the traffic on the road.
Apparently cars are even coming into Skinnergate from the south as well: so we have cars travelling illegally in both directions! It's fun when they meet!
Yet no temporary barrier has been erected. Why not just use a crush barrier? Surely a couple of wardens could put it in place in the morning and remove it at 5pm.
I went out for just ten minutes this afternoon, on my way to the bank. Above are just a few of the photos I took (I took 12 in all - more than one a minute) - though given the amount of abuse I received, I doubt whether I'll do that again. The police don't seem interested and the Council are just waiting for the bollard to be fixed. At the rate I saw cars on the road today there must have been hundreds of cars along there in the course of the day.