Pedestrians and traffic don't mix
THE pavement area in front of the new Life Centre is being swamped by vehicles parking, coaches dropping off children at the front doors and vehicles using the front of the centre as a short cut to Plymouth Argyle car park and shop.
Soon, if the users are not vigilant enough, it will be claimed as a right of way. Then, when the future ice skating rink is being built, it will be used by heavy transport causing additional harassment to pedestrians walking from the car parks to the entrance.
It may have been a road when the Mayflower Centre was there. Now it has been landscaped, decorative paving blocks laid in black and white, great for oil stains. Vehicles and pedestrians do not mix, hence the pedestrianised city centre.
The numbers using the short cut to Plymouth Argyle and the shop have no comparison with the 100,000-plus visitors a month to the Life Centre. So there is no reason to endanger the pedestrians.
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Solution, more road markings. Ban all, repeat all, vehicles passing the Life Centre front doors between 6am to midnight.
Heavy fines for those who disobey.