The proliferation of unnecessary and unsightly street furniture is alive and well in Southend much to my annoyance. Most of the time I have to admit that Southend Borough Council gets things right – but not in this case.
In various streets in the neighbourhood parking restrictions have been implemented resulting in parking spaces being painted on the highway big enough for only 1 or 2 cars which are designated for residents only. I don’t have an issue with this.
What I do have an issue with is that each set of parking spaces has its own steel pole 10 feet high with a sign on it saying it is residents parking only. Hence in many streets you have a large number of additional poles sticking up above the car roofs. These are unsightly, unsustainable and unnecessary IMHO.
Why they need to be so high I do not know. My suggestion would be 4 or 5 foot high timber posts with a discrete sign plate in portrait orientation fixed to the post on a flattened section at the top. This would at least be more sustainable and less unsightly.
The photos below from Southbourne Grove in Westcliff, Essex.
I welcome discussion and debate on this subject. Feel free to leave a comment below.