The area so closed off, according to Morris’ informants is bounded by and includes Station Road Barkingside, Tanners Lane, Barkingside High Street, Forest Road, Painters Lane and Aldborough Road North.
That’s one big area, but it is a Sunday and it is at the height of the holiday season, not that anybody can afford holidays these days what with the national debt and having to keep our bankers [double checks spelling] in the manner to which they have become accustomed.
So, why is it called a Sky Ride, it sounds like something to do with aeroplanes and parachutes? Well, it’s advertising – for Sky the company.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, is calling on local residents to dust off their bikes and join in a free family cycling event, the Mayor of London’s Sky Ride Redbridge, organised by the Mayor, Sky, and Redbridge Council, coming to the borough on 15 August. More…..Morris thinks it’s all barmy and I’ll let him do his bit in the comments but I’m not so sure. It could generate quite a lot of trade in the High Street – those bikers will get hungry and we do have quite a few eating establishments hereabouts, and if it’s really hot they will need some refreshing liquids. We don’t want them falling off their bikes on FX roundabout while we are watching from the safety of you know where.
Note: we appear to have one of our locals pictured in the graphic above riding a penny farthing.
Update: It appears that local councillors were presented with this scheme as a fait accompli.
The roads effected are Forest Rd (between Hainault Rd & Redbridge Cycling Centre). Hainault Rd (Between Forest Rd & Billet Rd). Painters Rd (whole length) Aldborough Rd North (between Painters & Oaks Lane) Oaks Lane ( between Aldborough Rd North & Cheviot Way & section between 160 to 180 Oaks Lane). St Peters Close (No vehicle access or egress because of closure of Oaks Lane). Station Rd, Barkingside (whole length). Carlton Drive/Carlton Court - (due to partial closure of Craven Gardens, no vehicle access or egress).
Craven Gdns (between Station Rd & Baron Gdns) Baron Gardens ( Between Craven Gdns & Sandringham Gdns) Sandringham Gdns ( Between Baron Gdns & Waverley Gdns). Waverley Gdns (between Sandringham Gdns & Barkingside High St) & finally : Barkingside High St (Between Waverley Gdns & Fairlop Rd).
In addition to those above which will be closed, the following will also be effected and may as the 'briefing note' implies ' experience displaced parking : Fairlop Rd, Virginia Gdns, Westminister Gdns, Sydney Rd, Hobart Rd, Waverley Gdns, Sandringham Gdns, Tollesbury Gdns, Cranbourne Gdns, Cheviot Way, Chiltern Rd, Roy Gdns, Applegarth Drive, Elmbridge Rd & Roebuck Rd.
Plus during the period of between 9-5pm Craven Gdns will be closed BOTH sides of the junction with Baron Gdns - as a result there will be NO THROUGH ROUTE from Tanners Lane & Horns Rd into Craven Gdns and from Fullwell X Roundabout towards Horns Rd & Tanners Lane.