|Posted on Thursday, 16 August, 2007 - 08:39 pm: |
The mayor of Sao Paolo has banned all billboards in the city on the grounds that they cause "visual pollution". Does anybody else agree that advertising is a blight on our landscape? I'd like to see a similar ban in SE23 and the council instead encourage our local artisitc community to decorate the billboards instead, with smaller spaces being given over to poetry. Moreover advertising should be banned from each shopfront. Each shop sign would need to be the same and shop owners encouraged to draw people in with the use of flower displays or pleasantly arranged objets d'art. We could become famous throughout London as a suburb that has exercised restraint and good taste in our environment and define ourselves as a placeto live for those not prepared to be subdued by the uncontrolled herds of rampant capitalists and the snake-oil salesmen of ad-land. Obviously this would include a local ban on distribution of Metro at the station. But i imagine that this too would come as a great relief to the weary commuter.
|Posted on Friday, 17 August, 2007 - 11:07 am: |
Don't forget the walking designer labels, prada, gucchi, reebok and all cars entering SE23 to be debagdged!
I think a more practical start on reducing pollution would be to ensure you carry a reusable bag at all times when shopping locally.
Refuse plastic bags from all shopkeepers. Petition your locals to ban the bag. Lewisham have issued local shopkeepers 'Shop Locally' bags for just this purpose email me on email@example.com for a free bag whilst stocks last - saves them money and after a while people will get used to the idea after getting unstuck.
Another one is to ask your local shops to not illuminate shop fronts and interiors when they are closed. All Lewisham offices eg Laurence House should take the lead on this one.
|Posted on Friday, 17 August, 2007 - 01:13 pm: |
Speaking of lights in shops when closed, I heard that as well as being lit at night the swimming pool is still being *heated*, despite being closed to the public for over a year. I'm sure this can't be true, can it?
|Posted on Friday, 17 August, 2007 - 01:51 pm: |
I think it would be great if all public venues turned their heat down in the winter and their aircon down in the summer. We don't need to be scorcio in winter nor do we need to be freezing in the summer... Maybe Bar Equal will take the lead on this one?
|Posted on Friday, 17 August, 2007 - 05:04 pm: |
I think a pool probably needs to be kept heated otherwise it cracks.
|Posted on Saturday, 18 August, 2007 - 09:28 am: |
Presumably there is less need for aircon and air exchange systems in the summer now that there is a smoking ban.....
PS Seems that every discussion thread has a pub in it somewhere!
|Posted on Saturday, 18 August, 2007 - 02:19 pm: |
Yes yet another advantage to the smoking ban, 50% down on air con use and noticebly less in bills. Electricity hungry smoke machines no longer battling the good fight, just hovering over the battlefield looking forward to a life on the scrap heap unless off course they can be recycled as object d'art as Toffejim suggests.