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London must consider impact of roads scheme

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I have not seen the detail of Ken Livingstone's road charging proposals for London, but it is probably worth a bet that in keeping with other road traffic management proposals, little thought has been given to the visual impact of the additional signage and equipment that will be necessary around the entire perimeter of the scheme.

Most of London's streets already look as if they have been made a training ground for playground organisers, and it never ceases to amaze me how most local authorities can be blind to the effect of adding a multitude ofyellow, green, red and white colours in varying shades of garish patterns to the roads, and an ever increasing number of poles and notices to the adjacent pavements. Roads and pavements are just as much a part of the environment as buildings.

The irony is that a scheme intended to reduce the impact of the car in inner London is likely to have exactly the opposite effect.

Where is English Heritage when you really need it?

Richard Bellman, Quada, London SW15

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