Monday, 16 November 2009

Farce Fowards

Months since it was installed, the smart-looking Worcester Park Ward notice board still lies empty and unused. Indeed the whole sorry saga is now turning into the kind of farce that could only have been born of local Council bureaucracy.

It seems that the might of Sutton Council has yet to devise a system to get notices on public display. No doubt a steering committee is working on it as I type, but until then the board lies empty and attempts to get notices put on it have proven fruitless.

The Worcester Park Residents' Association, for example, tried in vain to get their recent meeting advertised on the community board.

Having failed to get through to Sutton Council's 'Communications Officer' (irony, anyone?) they resorted to the old-fashioned method of taking their notice in to the Council offices to see if that would work, but even then the notice never made it onto the board.

One might assume that the local library may be able to help - after all they are guardians of all sorts of local information and the notice board is just behind their premises. Yet even they have no idea how to get notices onto it in eventually had to resort to contacting a local Councillor for help in cracking the conundrum.

So it seems that nobody in Worcester Park has any way of getting their notices on public display.
Behind the scenes, Council officials are still to decide who will administer the notice board, who will have keys, who will vet the notices and how they will end up on there. Oh the complexities of local democracy.

Meanwhile, the notice board (funded by public realm money) remains unused. Not, of course, that many people would notice, as it has been plonked ludicrously and inconspicuously against the side wall of Pizza Express - hardly the high-profile prime location that you might assume a public notice board would be sited in.

Perhaps we should look for a more high-tech solution. Some kind of Internet based way of reporting things that are going on in Worcester Park, for example. I wonder if that would catch on....?

4 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Adrian Short said...

"Worcester Park Ward Notices" is part of a series of installations funded by this year's Sutton Arts Festival in which the artist challenges us to reassess the status and vitality of contemporary civic life.

This site-specific work adopts the form of a traditional wooden noticeboard which in times past might have been covered with flyers for local society meetings, church fetes and suchlike. Yet the absence of such notices here provides a skilful juxtaposition with the banal and pervasive culture of commercial street advertising that contrasts our impoverished local communities with those of the mid 20th Century.

The apparent void where notices would have been intrigues the intellect in its continual quest for Gestalt, relentlessly searching to close incomplete forms and imbue the meaningless with meaning. In so doing, it invokes memories of the past in those old enough to remember and hope in those younger for a hypothetical future in which local people might yet again have use for such an artifact.

WP Lifer said...

Perhaps people wishing to use the board should skip the middle man (the council)and take to sticking notices on the glass front rather than inside! Admittedly they might not last long with this lovely weather we're having but you can't have everything.....

Elliott said...

If they give me the key I would happily volunteer to keep it up to date.

Jacey said...

Yes, it seems strange ti put them up and...........??
Typical, the one at North Cheam has been graffitied (sorry wasn't sure of the spelling!).

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