Having a chat with my neighbours yesterday, it occurred to me that simple things can be done by the council without great effort or expense to improve the surrounding quality of life. Give that local councillors and local government officers regularly, “dip-in” to the website, why not suggest three “wishes” for things that could be sensibly improved within walking distance of your own home.
Here’s my local three:
1. Turn Beach Road and Boundary Road in Westgate back into the one-way system it once was. With the Nottingham Castle pub busy to all hours, traffic pressure on to the beach car park and more cars than ever before, these very narrow roads, which don’t have room for cars to pass each other, need to go back into what they once were. The one-way system was seasonal when I was younger and then someone at TDC seemed to have forgotten about one summer and we’ve been left with the chaos ever since. Can we have it back please?
2. Place a speed camera on Westgate Bay Avenue as it becomes Westbrook Avenue or at least some form of traffic calming. I hate speed cameras but the road is now becoming potentially lethal as more and more traffic, including trucks uses it. At night, it becomes a juvenile race track, as does the Royal Esplanade.
3. More visibility of Community or Police Officers on the seafront during the summer and especially warm weekends. What about a bicycle patrol that takes them between the bays on the promenade on the sunnier days – didn’t we have one once? - There’s too much ground to travel on foot and when I was young at least, our local beat “copper” on a bicycle acted as a form of deterrent to anti-social behaviour.
What’s on your wish list?