Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Inspir8tion

the Inspir8tion logo I know, irritating isn’t it. It’s an eight, you have to read it the way it sounds. I am told it’s text speak [or txt spk] whatever that is. Awful, just awful as Marvin the paranoid Android would say.

Anyway that is the name for an event this coming Sunday [24th August] up at the new Cycle Circuit at Hog Hill. It’s a Carnival, it’s “free” and it’s apparently costing us Council Tax payers £30,000. “Free” to get in that is.

It’s to celebrate the handover of the Olympic Games to London and according to the press release will be welcoming the Olympic Flame.

So, “2002 World Champion track cyclist, Craig MacLean will be guest of honour. Craig will join thousands of visitors at the event for an afternoon of music, dance, performance, sport and wacky entertainment.” All paid for by Redbridge taxpayers, this is the start of the "Olympic Legacy" otherwise known as a cost overrun or IOC in your pocket. If anyone is thinking of a mid career break then the next 4 years are the time not to be a taxpayer.

Back to the event. It runs from 11am to 7pm and free transport will be provided from Barkingside and Hainault with park and ride facilities available at Fairlop Sailing Centre.

See here, here and here for further details. Typical Redbridge, 3 pages where one will do. Probably done by three different departments.

Well, if you don’t fancy that, and the weather is being reasonable [this is a bank holiday weekend you know] there is always Music in the Park at the Barkingside rec. This one costs though.

P.S. The new Cycle Circuit was officially opened today [Tuesday 19th August] by Boris Johnson and Kate Hoey, but we were not invited. It was on the national TV news just now – the “carry on” team were there and guess who was up the front.

Update: Grrrr! According to my Site Meter Google is directing searches on Redbridge Cycle Track to an old post. So, hopefully this update will direct them here.

16 comments:

  1. If I were the kind of person who harbours unfriendly thoughts about governmental authorities then I might think that Redbridge had organised a "free" event (costing £30k) primarily to undermine the Music in the Park event at Barkingside organised by the Business Partnership (BBP).

    Does the council "have it in" for Barkingside? They close the loos, promise replacements, then claim not to have the money to pay for them; they turn the public highway into an almost permanent traffic jam/obstacle course; they talk about "regeneration" and almost a year later have found no money for it (suggesting that their true intention is not re-, but rather de-generation); and they try to dictate who can (and who therefore cannot) speak on behalf of BBP.

    JUSTICE FOR BARKINGSIDE!

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  2. Shouldn't that be

    INSPIR8ION ?

    Otherwise it's INSPIRATTION.

    They over- reached themselves, didn't they?

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  3. I know I'm an old codger (tho' still stunningly lovely) but my heart just sinks at the thought of 'wacky entertainment'.

    Sigh.

    Still, the weather forecast is reasonable, so hopefully both events will go off well.

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  4. I tied to post this on Redbridgei in reply to Anne Sevant in Clear The Streets, but it was kicked back for having links to outside images, inspir8tion? they just want us to get on our bikes....Newbie

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    Lively?? I wouldn't quite put it that way, It really is a shame what is happening to our roads, take the Romford Road in Hainault the A112, if the proposed traffic signals go ahead, residents in Latchford Place facing South and Latchford Place facing north will lose the protection given to the properties from the tree fencing, if these signals go ahead this will mean that there will be four sets of traffic lights in less than a mile.

    This is despite this road being a Dual Carriageway which should have a national speed limit of 70mph, the idea being to improve the flow of traffic and reduce journey times, however the speed limit has subsequently been nearly halved to 40mph, with Speed Cameras installed to enforce the new speed limit.

    This has only made the road more dangerous, as the new speed cameras have created accident blackspots , yet we are told all of the above is to improve road safety.

    It is really only about MONEY, from TfL bribery for "Traffic Calming Schemes", to revenue raising cameras, from which ALL the funds now go to central government.

    Time for councillors to stand firm and refuse to take TfL's money to ruin our roads, we like our green and open spaces and would like to keep the Road Junctions clear of yet more TfL signals.

    This is a Dual Carriageway, not a place that you should go and play on (despite encouragement from my parents many years ago), officers should put their minds to encouraging safe and sensible driving, and AWARENESS by pedestrians, not installing yet more traffic signals and speed cameras.

    I would wager that there have been more accidents on this dual carriageway SINCE the speed reductions and speed cameras have been installed.

    Time to CLEAR THE STREETS

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    A perfectly legitemate post I would have thought?

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  5. Newbie,
    On Red-i you are allowed to link to a webpage that contains pictures but you are not allowed to link directly to the pictures themselves.
    Don't ask me why.

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  6. I am interested by this post by Newbie and I looked up the situation on the hybrid map, courtesy of redbridgei and pretty good this system is (although out of date since the satellite pictures were taken a while ago, and would we pay google for the privilege or is it a free download?)
    I agree that speed cameras create lots of problems (Newbie would say more problems than they solve) and that rejecting a sensible higher limit than 40mph at any time in any situation, is absolutely stupid.
    But, why are human beings, when they drive, becoming totally lunatic and selfish and wanting to show off because they can put their foot down?
    Fullwell Avenue, despite its traffic calming islands, is a regular spot for watching speeding cars. Why?
    Somebody should think of a nice punishment (for them) like having to drive a speed-limited car for a year or so, if they want to keep driving.
    annesevant

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  7. Well, as in Formula 1, what about a drive through penalty, having to drive through Barkingside High Street for a day.

    dopeyf

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  8. well, What about a drive through penalty, as in Formula 1, having to drive through Barkingside High Street for a day, that would slow people down.

    dopeyf

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  9. Since it is a-r8ning with a vengeance on this inspir8tional Bank Holiday Sunday,
    I will carry on distorting the thread instead of going to the allotment!
    Who on earth decided on this 'pedestrian friendly narrow crossings' within such a short distance of the pelican crossing in Barkingside High Street?
    To negotiate these, you must be fully abled, because of the height of the kerb and since you somehow step in the path of cars whilst on the protrusion, I personally, did not feel secure at all there. So next time, it will be the ligth controlled crossing.
    Did they pay the flat rate of £50,000 to whoever thought of that system?
    Money back, please!
    annesevant

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  10. Who decided?
    Twas Area Committee 3.

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  11. Whilst wishing no harm to Area Committee 3, I cannot change my opinion on this. However, I am really impressed that they have that amount of power.
    And to keep moaning, I think that the traffic calming measures round our local schools are OTT and clutter the streets (newbieism) and I hope the drivers of the future (should there be drivers in the future) are so well educated in road safety by these schools that they don't need physical restraints (speed humps) to drive safely and within the law.
    annesevant

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  12. It was paid for by TfL on the basis that it would improve bus flows through the High Street.

    Make your own judgement.

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  13. Talking of 'flow', just as well they are not running the Health Service!
    annesevant

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  14. I have no idea if this is a coincidence or not (The cycling event on Forest Road) but the low bridge has been fitted with absolutely splendid warnings which I noticed today. It looks as if there is provision for electric lighting at night.
    Well, congratulations are in order.
    (To TFL, I imagine.)
    annesevant

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  15. Thanks for the tip Anne, I will have a look later today. I doubt though that it was TfL, see earlier posting here.

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  16. Just as a matter in interest to those concerned with the bridge in Forest Road, The similar bridge at Hainault does not have the same problem, because during the war, the road was excavated by prisoners of war, to enable double decker busses to pass under it.It does seem strange that in view of the airfield, that the same was not done at Fairlop.

    dopeyf

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