The Countdown - Day 5

06 July 2015

Region: London

Countdown – Day 5

The first image to be uploaded to the Bleeding London portfolio was by Mark Phillips ARPS,  who uploaded SW1 John Islip Street – the start of his BL mini-series “Proscribed London”.  Mark was not alone in identifying this as a theme for contemporary London, and some of the “No ...” signs have been most amusing.  

The most frequently photographed proscribing sign was probably “No Parking”.  Parking has become increasingly difficult as more authorities are introducing residents’ permits and the number of permits issued outweighs the number of spaces available by a factor of three.  Demand for permits is increasing as one-family houses are turned into multi-dwellings and parking standings are turned into dwellings or extensions.  The problem is exacerbated by some authorities replacing residents’ bays with metered parking areas.  In other words, there simply isn’t enough street-parking space to go round.  And so those who do have drives and/or garages fiercely protect their access, resulting in a plethora of hand-made “No Parking” signs. 

We suspect the number of ‘No Parking’ signs contributed to the project was prompted by aesthetics rather than social commentary.  There is something quite creative about the way in which Londoners attempt to deter rogue parkers – from the overly polite to the downright rude.   Since this is one of the major themes of the project, we’ve started an album for ‘No Parking’ signs.  It’s going to take a while to go through all 58,000 entries looking for them, so it could be a few months before the album is completely populated but if you submitted one, let us know then we can add it straightaway.  Just drop us an email (BL@rps.org) with the postcode and street-name and we’ll do the rest.

You’ll be able to see some of our favourite ‘No Parking’ signs at the Bleeding London Exhibition, which opens on the 9th July.

Image:  N16 Cazenove Road © Sam Roberts