A Shawlands Welcome

IN THE HEYDAY OF  SHAWLANDS ARCADE, CAR PARKING WAS COMPLETELY FREE, BUT NOT NOW.

[Shawlands Car Park Notice]Now that the whole place is run down, and the car park is a very scary place, you have to pay. This is part of the “improvements” promised by the council.

What amazed me the most about the car park notice was that there are no concessions for disabled people!

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Things are getting worse in Shawlands, especially if you are disabled and want to shop in the few remaining units.

Curved Ball

[Picture of notice at Curves]I WAS SAD TO SEE A NOTICE REGARDING A PREMISES IN SHAWLANDS ARCADE.

It was for Curves – a workout gym for women. The poor souls could not open for business due to incompetence from Scottish Power.

Read the notice for yourself. Click on the image to enlarge.

It states:

Dear Members

Scottish Power cannot fit out new meter until Wednesday morning. We have pleaded with them to fix it sooner without success.  They have given us a timescale of 8am – 1pm . We will open immediately on installation of the meter. We are sorry for this disruption to your workouts & thank you so much for your patience. Please call Curves Paisley: 0141 887 5222 for details of neighbouring clubs you can use.

Things are getting worse when businesses can be disrupted in this way, when people (customers) can be disrupted like this.  Why do we all — domestic and commercial — put up with such poor service?

Stolen Gran’s Wheelchair Frame!

[picture of notice about granny wheelchair theft]I COULD BARELY BELIEVE THE NOTICES PUT UP AROUND SHAWLANDS OVER THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY PERIOD.

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It reads as follows:

“Between 10pm 10/12 and 9am 11/12 somebody stole my 80year old grans scooter, its a Sterling Little
Star Mobility Scooter. it was chained to the stair railings inside the close of xxx kilmarnock road
shawlands.
only the frame was taken, we still have the seat,basket,battery and the key so its pretty useless to
anybody.
if somebody has seen it or knows where it is pelase let me know as its the only way my gran has of
getting around,

it has been reported to the police

if you can help please contact me Darren 07833215xxx or contact the police on 01415324900

Or go into poundstretchers and ask for Danny”

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Granny.  Things are getting worse when someone would steal such a thing; it’s obvious what it is and does — and who would need it.

Nobody would steal this — surely not!  What for? scrap?  It just seems to unlikely to me that someone would stoop so low.

Maybe it was a daft kids’ prank.

Kilmarnock Road is the main road, full of pubs, shops, bus stops, restaurants, clubs, all interspersed with doorways to the “Common Close” stairs and corridors for the flats/ apartments above. So if it was a daft kid’s prank, surely someone would have seen something and reported it.

Maybe things are getting worse when no-one has any information, or when people don’t have the values to go up to kids and ask what’s what. Shame on us all.

New Restrictions in Shawlands

ROADS ARE SO BADLY DESIGNED AND TOWNS SO POORLY PLANNED THAT MOTORISTS HAVE TO RESORT TO PARKING ON KERBS AND PAVEMENTS.

My post from 18 May 2007, entitled Parking on Pavements explained this in more detail. In Shawlands in recent weeks double yellow lines have appeared at junctions which already have fencing and bollards, so quite what effect they might have is beyond me. [pdf of Shawlands’s Traffic Plan]

The yellow lines at other junctions seem to be there to make the council money — especially from people who park right up on the pavement.

  • My earlier post of 26 April 2007 entitled Traffic Calming explains why the council has caused the parking problem in the first place!

[picture of a parking on a pavement in Shawlands]OK, let’s look at the most ridiculous example — which I would guess would be a car completely or almost completely parked on the pavement — Is this a serious problem? Well I went out with my camera today to find out. Because of all the fences and bollards, it is no longer as widespread as it once was, in fact it is downright rare. But I found one and took a picture.

As you can see, even though the car is almost entirely on the pavement, there is no impediment to pavement users. In this particular case, I can see nothing wrong with the effect, but everything wrong with the cause (the design of the pavement). This car is not a problem to anyone — but now, sadly, there will be a ticket on the windscreen.

picture of wide pavement in Shawlands]

Look at the picture above. It shows a very wide Shawlands pavement that has been WIDENED. The old pavement kerb is now a rainwater gully. Note the fences to stop parking on the kerb, and note the dimpled surface for the partially sighted that is such a problem for skateboards, rollerskates, prams, luggage and anything else with wheels. This is appalling town planning! The pavement is far too large — better use should have been made of this — I include the picture to show how bizarre it has become in recent years.

It seems that, evermore in this country, we refuse to use common sense. There is no understanding or consideration any more, just road-raged angry people jabbing their fingers at the letters of the law.

Rather than adding double yellow lines so that the council can fine this person, wouldn’t it have been better to look at the underlying problem? This is a pavement of twelve feet — that is the same as the width of the road itself!

[picture of obstacles to pedestrians]Is this car causing more of an obstruction than litter? I took a picture from a different angle just to make this point. Once you have imagined pushing a pram, walking a dog, or using a zimmer walking frame, I am sure you will agree that the cars are not causing as much of a problem as everything else.

I will say it again: the council is anti-car and anti-pedestrian. It is patently obvious; we have to put rubbish out the front onto the pavements, we have to cope with huge wheelie bins from the shops, and there are all the bollards, fences, traffic lights, zig-zags, speed bumps and now double yellow lines.

[Picture of Pollokshaws rd]In conjunction with the double yellow lines, the council has removed about a hundred parking spaces at the back of the arcade, on Pollokshaws Road, in the picture you will see the new bollards on both sides of the road and the in-filled parking bay. This road is not terribly busy, and parking was never a problem — what a massive shame! Naturally, the cars that used to use this area have to go somewhere else — so it is no solution. All this just means that it is increasingly difficult to find a parking space and it is increasingly difficult to use the pavements too. Shawlands is being choked, and it feels more oppressive and claustrophobic nowadays — like the West End in fact. Soon we’ll all be buying resident’s parking bays, you mark my words.

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