Sunningdale shows the benefit of car parking realignment

Car parking is the big bugbear in Lightwater. It’s something yours truly has campaigned about for many, many years. Goodness me, it was in 2010 I presented a report on the topic [See my report below photos] to Surrey County Council. Since then other local councillors have promised concerted action, but to no effect. Seems they’ve lost interest.

Nothing changed, except for more double yellow lines restricting parking places. Nearby Sunningdale shopping centre was similarly blighted by inadequate parking provision. The difference  is that their car parking has been improved. Just goes to show that an enlightened local authority recognises the need for car parking to boost retail vibrancy, and road safety. See photos below.

Don’t let highways argue that backing into the main road cause problems. It doesn’t, and Sunningdale proves it’s fine

I don’t need to post photos of car parking in Lightwater; you know how ugly and inadequate it is. Surrey Heath Borough Council seem to only to be interested in Camberley town centre, even to the extent of ripping up the perfectly adequate Knoll Walk.

Anthony Trollope, novelist and promoter of the post pillar box

Enjoyable success, I’ve finished my reading of ‘Barchester Towers‘, the second of Anthony Trollope’s six novels known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire.

If you’ve read the book, I’m sure you’ll have a favourite character and undoubtedly a villain or two. All the characters in the book have their strengths and weaknesses, most with more weaknesses that strengths. I align with Archdeacon Dr Grantly. I’m thinking that’s what Trollope wanted me to do.

Enough of this about Trollope’s Chronicles of Barsetshire. I learned from the book jacket, though perhaps already had a hazy knowledge of this, that Anthony Trollope, while not the inventor of the post pillar box, was the instigator of their use in the British Isles.

Here’s what The Letterbox Study Group say about the history of the pillar box,

Anthony Trollope, the novelist, introduced the pillar box to Britain in 1852 when he worked as a Post Office Surveyor in the Channel Islands. The first mainland box was erected a year later in 1853. At first local District Surveyors ordered boxes from local foundries. In 1859 a standard design was introduced. Wall boxes appeared in 1857, Ludlow boxes in 1885 and lamp boxes in 1896.

I’ve dallied with the idea of joining the Letter Box Study Group, having found a rare Edward VIII pillar box in Sunningdale, on which I reported HERE.