Letter: NYCC - Review the signage and lights

Letter writer Malcolm Wright says NYCC need to review the signage and lights
Letter writer Malcolm Wright says NYCC need to review the signage and lights

It was good to read that a full review of Harrogate’s idiosyncratic parking arrangements is to be made (Advertiser, February 11).

Could this be widened to challenge the ceaseless proliferation of traffic lights and signage?

I ask out of concern for my becoming as obsessed with these as NYCC are, but from the opposite perspective.

The latest puzzle is in Bower Road.

For years, the over bridge has sensibly carried a height restriction sign, clearly located on the bridge itself.

A kerbside duplicate of this has popped up near Cafe Rita. Sited no more than a foot away from the adjacent lamp post, it is mounted on its very own pole.

Why - and why is it there at all; isn’t it more of a distraction than a safety aid?

Confronted, once again, by five red lights on a two lane road I can’t help wondering who or what is behind this, for which we are all forced to pay?

Is there some stern, unyielding scripture of traffic management - the Gospel According to Saint Siemens or some other maker of traffic lights and signs, perhaps?

One thing seems certain; while Westminster cutbacks have caused the end of vital bus and other services, NYCC’s Department of Casual, Cluttering Ironmongery has escaped this completely.

They go from strength to strength, seemingly chanting “keep throwing ‘em up”.

Is it time to counter this with “start pulling ‘em down”? The funding saved could be used for a much-needed paint job and smartening up for those which, of absolute necessity, remain.

Malcolm Wright

Grove Road,

Harrogate