Walthamstow high street normally hosts the longest outdoor street market in Europe. Even the most hardy motorist doesn't attempt to use this road on these days even though presumably their hard earned road-tax pays for it.
But on Sundays and Mondays there is no market and cars used to use it as a convenient area to park, cut out the Selborne traffic lights and generally mingle with the pedestrians. Even though the signs indicate no entry to vehicles (although not clearly enough for one confused motorist).
Then the council spoiled all the fun by positioning a smart camera car at the top of the high street and fining motorists using the high-street. Evidently they caught so many people that the council now publish where the car will be on their website. It has to be said that any motorist unable to spot a silly smart car with a camera on a huge roof-mounted turret should possibly have their eyesight tested, but clearly some will be too busy texting and so on to notice.
So imagine my surprise to see a Mercedes Benz coupe in the high street on Sunday. Imagine my amazement when said Mercedes decides to do a U-turn - narrowly missing a couple of shoppers who clearly lacked the foresight that anyone would do anything so stupid - and then speed off back up to the top of the high street the wrong way. Well, surprise isn't really the emotion - more like resigned grumpiness at yet another idiot deciding that dangerously driving his car was more important than the well-being of other human beings. People let their children have a run-around in the high street whilst they are perusing the shops - and why not? In a pedestrian only zone one shouldn't have to consider the possibility of morons in cars doing idiotic things.