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Photo 366 (310) "No play today."

Jestertheclown

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Photo 366 (310) "No play today."

5 Dec 2012 12:50PM   Views : 1660 Unique : 461

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The first snowfall of the winter, so I went in search of something appropriate to shoot in the grounds of the local Community Centre.
The Centre itself is stuck out on the edge of the estate and is a bleak, soulless, 1960s type of construction, although I've no idea when it was actually built.
This however, is newer.
Despite it being right on the edge of the Downs and open to the worst of the weather, not to mention the potential security issues, the council, in their infinite wisdom, decided it would be a good idea to build a children's play area. It does get some use but many parents refuse to let their children around there unattended and it's something of a white elephant.
Or yet another example of what happens to town planning when there's seemingly no-one half way sensible at the helm.

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5 Dec 2012 1:01PM
It's crazy isn't it. In a town near to where I live they have a run down High Street. They seem to see the future in repaving it ( so people can sit down in comfort outside the pubs when having a smoke). It generally takes them about a year to complete - complete very badly. By which time it has started to break up and so needs starting again. It's like a ground based Forth Bridge ! meanwhile no one seems to have noticed that each time they do it there are far fewer shops open than the time before. Shame there's no real accountability there !

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Jestertheclown 7 7.2k 249 England
5 Dec 2012 1:11PM
Ridiculous, isn't it?
The centre of Dunstable, where I live and where this was taken, even featured on some pointless TV programme about shops and the fact that our High Street(s) are home to more empty, unused shops than is the average in most other towns.
Despite this, however, the powers that be have stumped up millions to build a new 'guided busway' to connect us to Luton. It's involved miles and miles of concrete track, the replacement of about ten or so bridges and massive upheaval in both towns.
All of which is allegedly going to shave about twenty minutes of of the existing bus journey. That existing bus journey, mind, will continue exist because the new 'busway' takes a route that doesn't remotely resemble the current one, so if you need to go somewhere on that existing route, as opposed to the end of it, you'll still need to catch a 'normal' bus!

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