At Southend News Network, we had already heard a rumour that cars could be allowed to use pavements when bin lorries are blocking a road in Southend, and one of our reporters has now obtained exclusive footage showing a section of pavement in Woodgrange Drive – it appears that it is now for both pedestrians and vehicles. Take a look at this video:
As you can see from our video, a white car was one of the first vehicles to try out the new scheme. We approached the local authority for a comment, and they refused to speak to Southend News Network directly. However, we were able to obtain the following statement by pretending to be a window cleaner ten floors up from the ground at the local authority offices:
Nobody likes to be stuck behind a refuse collection vehicle – especially when there is so much pavement that isn’t being used by pedestrian members of the public. Therefore, we are now exploring the possibility of letting vehicles share the pavements around refuse collection vehicles with pedestrians, but it is vital that they drive as quickly and irresponsibly as possible to ensure that they swiftly return to the main road and cease to be a danger to people in the surrounding area.
As it seems that there is never a ‘good time’ for slow moving bin lorries to be out on the roads, there is a lot of excitement in the local community about this. Jemima Fudge-McClusky, a busy mum of three from Thorpe Bay, is all in favour of using the pavements in her Nissan Qashqai. She said, ‘It seems to happen on the same day, at the same time, every single week. I get Jemima Jr, Poppy-Tulip and Coke Zero ready for school and bundle them into the Qashqai, and I then get stuck behind an irritating bin lorry – last week I was six minutes late for a spin class. I am sure that any surrounding pedestrians will understand and move over if they see me mount the pavement, and aren’t they all made of concrete anyway? That’s overkill if it is just meant to support people walking on them.’
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