No space for pedestrians

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A car parked on the eastern side of the Magistrate’s Court – seemingly permanent
A car parked on the eastern side of the Magistrate’s Court – seemingly permanent

No space for pedestrians to use the pavement – Imagine that you are standing at the side of the road at a very busy intersection, waiting for the opportunity to cross the road.

Motor vehicles pass by from various directions, large trucks stand idling at quite a high volume and other motorists and truck drivers are honking away. People are also talking loudly to one another … You do not know when it is safe to cross the road, because you cannot see and the noise makes it impossible for you to hear in which direction, and when, traffic moves. You are virtually stranded. Then a good Samaritan appears from somewhere, introduces himself and falls in step beside you, safely escorting you in a pleasant and helpful way across the street. Thank you, Sir! Such a considerate act is sincerely appreciated. On the other hand, some very selfish and inconsiderate people can be found, also in our town.

During 2015 photos were published in the Excelsior News that showed how difficult some motorists made it for people to walk on the pavement to the eastern side of the Magistrate’s Court. Motor vehicles are, however, once again parked in such close proximity to the wall and fence that no-one can pass between the cars and the fence. Should there be enough space, though, people are sitting there, on the low wall, with feet and parcels in the way. On the other side of the parked cars, deep “trenches” have been shaped into the cement when the pavement was laid. This makes walking along there, impossible for anyone, especially users of wheelchairs and crutches, and of course for the visually impaired. Some of the vehicles parked there, seem to have been forgotten there …

Others seem to belong to officials who ought to enforce the law. Could some or other barrier or even only a few short poles not be put up to keep motorists from parking there? Or can it perhaps become a towaway zone?

No space for pedestrians to use the pavement
No space for pedestrians to use the pavement