We all know it’s the little things that demonstrate how much we care. Your partner comes home stressed and because you care, you spend a little time with them, make them a cup of tea, sympathise, and do the right things to put them in a good mood. In contrast, sometimes even though B says they care about A and, and they, whilst making all the right noises, say things like ‘they are the one for for them’ etc, but when it actually comes to it and person A comes home stressed, but B can’t spend any time with them because they HAVE to go out, and by the way there isn’t any milk so could A go and get some, you can expect A to feel unloved.
Which is the key word. Cyclists in Sutton are unloved. Or put another way, basically, the council couldn’t give a damn. They make some good noises but when it comes to it, their priorities are elsewhere. How do we know? It’s the little things.
Anybody wanting to use this bridge between Grosvenor Road and Beddington Gardens has to hop up onto the kerb. A caring council would have put a dropped kerb to make access easy.
If you’ve ever had the feeling you’re not really wanted:
At the end of Watermead Lane near Poulter Park. Presumably creating a path to alongside the River Wandle to Bishopsford Road (thus requiring cross-borough co-operation with Merton) was too much effort.
Or this in Stanley Park:
I can’t think of a way to make this space less inviting.
Unfortunately there are loads of examples like this all over the borough. So whilst I wish I were writing something of rare perception and insight – I’m afraid I’m not. These are just simple examples of couldn’t-care-less street design by Sutton Council. My problem is if they don’t care about the little things, what do they care about?