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Recycle bins, trolleys, and bikes locked to lamp-posts leave no room to walk!

PUBLISHED: 15:49 21 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:48 05 October 2010

Dear Editor, A WIDE pedestrian crossing outside Whitechapel station, opposite the Royal London Hospital, is now finally being laid out—four years after it was due to be provided by Transport for London. But walking conditions along Whitechapel Road have deteriorated so much that pedestrians have difficulty getting through with random obstructions on the pavement

Dear Editor,

A WIDE pedestrian crossing outside Whitechapel station, opposite the Royal London Hospital, is now finally being laid out-four years after it was due to be provided by Transport for London.

But walking conditions along Whitechapel Road have deteriorated so much that pedestrians have difficulty getting through, with all the random obstructions on the pavement.

Market stalls and shops take up more than their allotted spaces. There are many random obstructions on the pavement.

On a typical market day, there are two pink recycling bins, a blue waste bin and a black waste bin left out on the pavement.

Add to this the A-boards, bicycles locked to lamp-posts or thrown on the pavement, market pallet-movers, trolleys, metal storage cages, ladders and illegal DVD sellers standing like an avenue of supplicants-with such little room left for the pedestrians!

Traders and shopkeepers should note that pedestrians are their customers and should not obstruct their passage. Market inspectors should check that conditions are adhered to.

We might then linger more at the stalls and shops.

Patty Singleton

Living Streets Local Campaigner

Spitalfields

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