Safety’s not first in pedes­trian area

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

VIS­IT­ING Uxbridge last week, I was walk­ing in the pedes­trian area at 11.30am.

A car came up be­hind me and forced me aside, go­ing on to park out­side the li­brary. I no­ticed for an area that should have no ve­hi­cles in it af­ter 10.30am it was busy with both cars and de­liv­ery ve­hi­cles.

Af­ter think­ing about this, I asked a park­ing war­den, who was just walk­ing past the ve­hi­cles, why he was not putting tick­ets on them. His re­ply was a sur­prise when he put his fin­ger to his lips and said it was hush hush and that they had been told not to ticket any parked ve­hi­cles in the pedes­trian area.

The coun­cil has a duty of care to all it’s res­i­dents and by plac­ing signs up say­ing this area is safe to walk in af­ter 10.30am, it would ap­pear from what the war­den said they know­ingly know it is not, and should a res­i­dent or visi­tor be hit by a ve­hi­cle in this area the coun­cil will have some dif­fi­cult ques­tions to an­swer. PHIL REAR­DON Den­ham

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