Some time ago – a long time ago – pre-covid ago – the council agreed that there wasn’t any real seating along our side of the Waterfront meaning that people had to keep walking. This was, obviously, not conducive to some peoples needs when out for a stroll. Under pressure from our local councillor, Liz Harsant, they agreed to put some in.
Then, along came covid and they got lost and then forgotten. Under some pressure, again, a search was made and they were found and, amazingly, last week they were installed. I had noticed some work going on around the base of both street lights. I say, street lights but they are more like floodlights. There are two of them and they are very tall. They do have some benches around their base but they are not really seats. It seems that they have been taking up some of the paving bricks and replacing them with concrete squares which were needed to bold the seats down.
Anyway, Liz mentioned that they were now in place so I went to investigate on Tuesday morning. This is what I found.
This one is by the floodlight nearest to 7 Anchor Street.
This one is by the floodlight outside the Cult. It seems a pity, to me, that they have placed them right up with the existing benches. I would have liked to see them spread along the Waterfront rather than in two batches but I suppose that I should be glad that they are there at all. As Liz said, when I told her and she went looking that they were already in use so that is good. I was a bit disappointed to see that they were not only in use for sitting but also as rubbish bins!
They are nice seats, however, and will be useful for a lot of people when visiting. It will be interesting to see how next year’s fun fair fits in around them though – smile.
I had a chat to the scaffolders today. I have no head for heights outside of a plane so I was interested in their view of things. It seems that Andy, from Carters, has been a tower crane operator in a previous life. He told me of how he got used to that job. It does seem that you don’t need to walk the jib any more thanks to “Health and Safety”. One of the scaffolders said that he joined up without thinking and found that he didn’t like heights. He did admit to it not bothering him now, to the extent that he has worked 130m up on an oil rig. Not for me, thank you!
Anyway, it is time for a few shots of how it is progressing. I understand that they have inserted the bolts (see a previous blog entry) but not yet tested them.
Now, the “moody” shot.
One last photo today – a ground shot of the new cabins.