#mayguerney – ignorance, or simply contempt for pedestrians?

23 Feb

May Gurney have excelled themselves this time. It is not uncommon for them to obstruct pavements illegally, but they normally leave more than the 640mm they did yesterday to the right of the first sign in this picture, followed by 950mm to the left of a second one. Neat to make pedestrians weave one way and then the other. Why? did they not think, or don’t they actually care? Needless to say, both of these leave less than the mandatory 1m and advisory 1.5m of pedestrians.


I have emailed the company, explaining that I have removed the first sign into storage for health and safety reasons. Given how ineffective emails have been in the past, I have also suggested that they refund my costs, which I have calculated at £5 for the email and £5 per week, or part thereof for storage. I have reminded them that they also own me £1 for a phone call made to Anglian Water when they blocked another nearby pavement some time back. I have offered to give the money to Living Streets, and suggested that they can make a cheque out to that organisation if they prefer.

No idea if this will wake them up, but emails, complaints and blog-posts alone have achieved absolutely nothing over the past 2 years.


Fyi, I have received no reply at all to my email telling them about their sign being in storage. The sign continues to rot beside my garage. By my calculations storage costs after 6 months stand at £100 with £6 administration totalling £106.00.

I think I will write to them one more time and then reuse/recycle the sign if they apparently have no further use for it!


8 Responses to “#mayguerney – ignorance, or simply contempt for pedestrians?”

  1. livinginabox February 23, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    The Law is disregarded by such companies, because they know they are most unlikely to be prosecuted. All such Laws will remain irrelevant to such companies, unless and until the risk of prosecution increases and the penalties hurt.

    • Graham Martin-Royle February 24, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

      This is true of all these regulations. People regularly flout the law because they know that the chances of them being fined/prosecuted are so low as to be laughable. As you so rightly say, until/unless this changes, no one will bother with obeying any of these laws and pedestrians will continue to get the short straw.

  2. Kevin Algar February 23, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

    Reblogged this on A Riverside View and commented:
    Pity I didn’t publish the picture of the cone over the drain with roadworks signs each side of it in Aster Road.

  3. Graham Martin-Royle March 23, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

    Any update/response yet Peter?

    • Peter Miller March 26, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

      Nope. Nothing. Given their lack of interest in their signs or our issue I thought I might turn their sign into part of a new chicken run. When I have done this I will do a blog post about i so people can admire my work!

      • d c May 23, 2013 at 8:42 am #

        have any of you had a reply yet?

  4. Graham Martin-Royle June 3, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    Well, it would appear that it’s total contempt for pedestrians then.

    I’ve added a couple of photo’s to the photo page, both taken today, 03/06/13. The 1st was taken just before 12.00hrs, the 2nd was taken just before 15.00hrs.

    Apart from the poor quality of the 2nd photo, what has changed? Well, I’ve had a meeting with the local Chief Inspector at the police station (just out of sight in the photo’s, at most 1 minutes slow walk away) where we discussed the parking situation here in Bexhill, the lack of action being taken by Sussex Police to curb illegal and anti-social parking, and where I showed her the 1st photo, which I had just taken, as an example of what I was complaining about.

    So, either Sussex Police have shown total contempt for pedestrians, by doing nothing about this or the drivers have shown total contempt for Sussex Police by doing nothing when tackled by Sussex Police.

    Either way, the end result is still the same. The pavement is blocked.

  5. livinginabox June 10, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

    I haven’t been by for some time, I just came across this and thought you might like it.
    It’s not new, but hey!

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