Street furniture – lamp posts, parking signs, parking bollards etc. – is something that most poeple take for granted. After a while, you don’t even notice them. I did a survey of 10 residential streets around the Oval area and found that on average each street has some 47 items of street furniture and 11 planted trees. Here is a summary of the results
|STREET FURNITURE ITEM||TOTAL||Per cent|
|Total items of street furniture||467||100%|
|Dedicated parking signs and machines||146||31.3%|
|Signage (Road names, safety and directions)||45||9.6%|
|Pedestrian crossing related (including railings)||35||7.5%|
[Note: Trees are shown seperately on the basis that the area would have had trees growing naturally before roads and houses were built.]
Most bollards are parking related in that they have been put their to prevent cars mounting pavements. The survey therfore suggests that more than half of all street furniture are parking related – at least in parking controlled areas. The next time you are out and about take a few moments to count the items of street furniture in your street. Perhaps you can see some ways to reduce clutter and improve the environment. If you do, submit your ideas to the Lambeth Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme.