Patrick Hutber, one time, and still missed, City Editor of the Daily Telegraph, wisely coined a law that suggested improvement often hides deterioration.
Here’s example of the law, and a local one to boot.
I’ve written much about the changes to Knoll Walk in Camberley – see HERE if you’d like to read them. I came to the conclusion that opening up the walk wasn’t as bad as I’d imagined, and that one fine tree had been saved – possibly a stay of execution more probably.
When we visited CAMFEST last week I took this photo of the walk, for the reason that I’d seen two women sitting on the wooden planks surrounding the tree.
The changes to Knoll Walk removed all the seating, which were always well used. Therefore, I consider that the changes to Knoll Walk by Surrey Heath Borough Council has resulted in an example of Hutber’s Law – ‘Improvement means deterioration’.
If you look carefully at the photo you’ll spot two women sitting uncomfortably on the wooden surround to the tree.
There are no places to sit outside in Camberley High Street. Therefore, Knoll Walk needs its public seating returned.
I need to do a bit more researching into this issue. Here’s what I’ve learned so far, which isn’t much. Remember, mail collection and delivery is provide by the Royal Mail, and that Post offices are separate from Royal Mail. Sorry, you already knew that.
Collection from Royal Mail post boxes is changing. This is a photo of the notice on the post box in Briar Avenue [Click on image to expand]
A brief chat with our local postmaster Surinder Gandhum only elucidated that there are changes to the postal services in general. Surinder says that there’ll be just
three two full service post offices in Surrey Heath, namely, Camberley, Frimley, Lightwater and one in Sunninghill, just outside the borough. All other post offices in the borough either face closure, or may become a counter inside other retail shops.
The Royal Mail say it’s all to do with a dramatic reduction in letters, although the parcels side of the business is seeing growth. Royal Mail state,
What changes are taking place and why?
We are improving the level of public access to postboxes in areas of under-provision, by adding around 2,000 boxes to the 115,000 we currently have. 45,000 to 50,000 low-use boxes will move to ‘collection on delivery’ with the postman or woman emptying the box on their round, rather than providing a dedicated collection by van. No postboxes will be removed from service as a result of this initiative.
A perfect example of Hutber’s Law that “improvement means deterioration”.