|Posted on Monday, 11 December, 2006 - 11:13 pm: |
I know this is a key event in the Christmas calendar for local children, but as a close observer on Saturday afternoon I could not believe that the location is ideal for this sort of event. It was right outside Smiths, so hard to get in and out, but the concerning thing was inadequate crowd management. There were so many people that everyone was spilling on to the road- and this is the South Circ we are talking about. Eventually the police put up some traffic cones to close off one lane, but this did not stop a child running into the middle of the road, and people crossing wherever they felt like it- it was difficult for passing pedestrians to get to the crossing so they just dodged the traffic. Also you could not hear or see the carol singers, and I doubt with the crowd whether many of the children could even see Bob -(assuming he did eventually turn up?- must have been 20 minutes late). I hate to be a killjoy but I don't think there was much responsible organisation in this event. Any views/ideas for improvement?
|Posted on Tuesday, 12 December, 2006 - 08:36 am: |
Yes. Redevelopment of the area in front of the station (including demolition of some of the low rise buildings to the north) to open up the area and create a small "town square" space, with seating, landscaping and areas for parking that can be closed off and used for occasional events.
|Posted on Tuesday, 12 December, 2006 - 09:16 am: |
If you thought that was bad, you should have been at library. It was a mad house. I think they had about double the amount of kids they expected to turn up.
Maybe lessons were learned and it will better organised next year?