No Pavement

Any Hyde Park resident in Leeds will have noticed that it has become almost impossible to walk down a pavement recently. This is due to lamp posts being replaced and the area surrounding old posts being dug up to make way for the new ones and the associated cabling. This has resulted in barriers being placed around these areas meaning the only way to get passed is to walk into the road.

Normally this wouldn’t be a problem as it would only have been short term but unfortunately it seems that the work was started just before the recent high winds and hasn’t been resumed since. The work was presumably stopped because of the risks of the posts falling in the wind as they were erected.

What I want to know is when are we going to get our pavements back? Taxi drivers and others drive damn right dangerously and I can’t be the only one who feels nervous arbitrarily stepping into the road ever few paces without knowing if I’m going to get mowed down, particularly at night.

If there was going to be a delay in completing the work, why was it started and why could they not make good the pavements with some special boarding or something? To think the price some are paying in council tax it is shocking that the council get away with this type of thing. Council tax payers see no value for money what so ever.


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  1. Matt Said,

    February 2, 2008 @ 11:01 pm

    The council are replacing the street lights to provide better lighting in Hyde Park. A side effect of removing and then (not) replacing them has been, quite ironically, darker streets. I noticed that a huge stretch of Hyde Park Road is completely unlit at night.

    As this road borders the park itself, which is also dark, it seems this is a mugging blackspot waiting to happen if the new lights aren’t installed soon.

  2. Kieran Said,

    February 3, 2008 @ 3:01 am

    I agree. Dan was also saying to me today that it makes the use of prams etc. particularly difficult. Apparently this street light issue is not just happening in Hyde Park but over in Woodhouse too.

  3. Liz Said,

    February 3, 2008 @ 10:49 pm

    Yuh, I dont like walking on the traffic side of the pavement in Leeds, let alone on the road!
    People drive like maniacs!
    Tho I supose they do everywhere really.. whoever was doing th pavements could of put some barriers and a tempoary path on the road tho!

  4. Kieran Said,

    February 3, 2008 @ 11:13 pm

    whoever was doing th pavements could of put some barriers and a tempoary path on the road tho!

    You kidding? The council would never release the funds for such a sensible idea.

  5. Liz Said,

    February 4, 2008 @ 12:09 am

    What?! Thats awful!
    When they were building this new apartment complex in Lincoln they were using the path, so they put some barriers on the road so we could walk past without getting run over!

  6. Chris Worfolk Said,

    February 4, 2008 @ 11:22 am

    The street light replacement is a city wide thing.

    It is a little suprised they didn’t put barriers up for pedestrians, this is common place in the rest of Leeds. Maybe they just want to reduce the student population in road accidents lol.

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