Heavy vehicular traffic in and out of the British Land 2-14 Baker Street (10 Portman Square) site, means the roadway access for residents of Bakers Mews and those passing through is very frequently blocked. But it is not just road access that’s affected. Heavy duty site vehicles treat the pavement as a road extension irrespective of the danger thus posed to pedestrians. With regular pedestrian traffic through the street, both by residents and the general public, it seems reasonable that such passageway remains safe and unimpeded by British Land or McAleer and Rushe who are developing the site.
This video shows a typical experience of someone walking through Bakers Mews – or at least trying to. Too often even pedestrian passageway is not possible. The video shows a pedestrian walking into Baker’s Mews from Fitzhardinge Street keeping to the pavement. A site truck sits in Mews on the roadway. As the pedestrian approaches the truck it starts moving (reversing). It is almost as though the driver is waiting for someome to come along and then deliberatey putting the pedestrian at risk – not unlike certain video games where points are accrued by knocking down pedestrians.
As pedestrian comes closer the truck mounts the pavement and the front of the vehicle swings in towards the wall closing the gap and creating substantial and real hazard for the pedestrian.
Had the pedestrian continued walking at this stage he would have been crushed between truck and wall. A site worker from the British Land and McAleer and Rushe development walks to the front of the truck and obstructs pedestrian without any acknowledgement, and stands in front of the small gap between wall and truck. Instead of ensuring passageway for pedestrian, the gap between the truck and wall is closed up. The pedestrian is left standing with access blocked – which is a regular occurance.
Children frequently use this stretch of pavement. Had a child run down the pavement at the time of this incident, or had run from the residential area of the Mews, the result would have been certain severe injury or death.
Indeed, it is noteable that the pavement surface is also becoming unsafe. Paving stones are smashed and churned. Access covers to telecoms facilities are damaged and the pavement surface is fast becoming a hazard for pedestrians.
Would this 2-14 Baker Street site be better run and better managed if it was now a NAMA (Irish National Asset Management Agency) asset as it rightfully should be?
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