The owner of a famous mirror shop near the Blackwall flyover has been fined £872 by Greenwich Council as well as costs.
The authority stated the owner obstructed the highway and was “endangering pedestrians” with his merchandise.
What’s ironic is the authority themselves have endangered pedestrians by failing to improve streets in the area for many years.
By the way, the News Shopper have covered this story and have literally copied the Council’s press release word for word including typos.
Pot, kettle, black
Greenwich Council complained the owner attached mirrors to guardrails “without its consent, blocking the free passage of a highway and endangering pedestrians, especially parents with pushchairs, visually impaired people or people with accessibility issues.”
As we know it’s Greenwich’s job to block the free passage of a highway and endangering pedestrians, especially parents with pushchairs, visually impaired people or people with accessibility issues.
The council have also failed on many occasions to conduct improvement works in the area despite funding plans for the past decade. What happened to these projects:
No sign it ever happened. Or this:
Anyway, this isn’t an excuse for the owner ignoring numerous warnings but as you hear the council put out their reasoning you have to wonder how they can do it with a straight face. This is a council that carries out work that increases danger and ignores modern design knowledge and practice. According to Greenwich Council:
“Mr Berry refused to comply with requests to move his array of goods from where they were blocking the highway and causing an obstruction.
Mr Berry was convicted for obstruction of a highway, unauthorised marks on a highway and for failing to comply with a community protection notice.
He has been ordered to pay a total of £872 in fines, as well as legal cost.
Cllr Jackie Smith, the cabinet member for children’s services and community safety, commented: “The Council has a legal duty to maintain the safety and usability of highways in the borough.
“By obstructing the pavement and chaining his merchandise to the railings, Mr Clive Berry was endangering pedestrians and moving traffic.”
Earlier today I covered how the council have refused to install crossings near Falconwood station claiming lack of funds – as they allocate less developer and parking income to improved streets compared to almost every other London Council.