Do new signs make a hole lot of sense?

Good news from our local council this week on how they have found a way to help motorists navigate the huge craters in the ‘fairground car park’ adjacent to the boating lake in Helston. The bad news is that they have not repaired the holes, but instead erected signs at the entrance warning motorists of an uneven surface.

I wrote about the issue in this column earlier this year and was relieved to see the council later went on to lay 100 tonnes of materials to resurface the area.

County councillors have previously said that the car park cannot be resurfaced with tarmac due it being built on top of an old rubbish dump. As a result, the ground can be unstable and the tarmac would crack, however I am not sure of the accuracy of that statement.

I’m aware of plenty of landfill sites that have houses built on them and in this instance we are only talking about resurfacing rather than building homes.

People may question whether placing warning signs are an adequate solution to a problem which could result in expensive and potentially dangerous damage to a vehicle.

It raises the question of who would be responsible if a vehicle suffered suspension damage which later caused a crash, potential injuries or even loss of life?

It could seem that the council has taken a cheap and easy ‘solution’ which does not actually solve the issue. These warning signs do not go close to informing motorists of the dangers of such an uneven surface, plus they are not even situated on all entrances to the site.

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