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Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Orihuela Costa's missing street-name signs.
Dotted around the streets of Orihuela
Costa there are numerous two metre tall royal blue poles that have
lost their purpose in life: standing alone, forlorn, ignored by
Sometime ago the Orihuela Town Council
decided that the time had come when every road should finally have
its name on display. The poles began to appear, in some instances in
the most seemingly inappropriate, ludicrous, places, adorned with an
oblong aluminium plate heralding for all to see the official name of
the road in which they stand. Presumably in order to save costs the
name plate was made of the thinnest aluminium sheet possible. It was
attached to a small part of the circumference of the circular pole by
two small screws: not the most secure method of fixing a flat surface
to a curved one.
It was not long before the name plates
in both our and the adjoining road became misshapen, bent in half,
and then completely absent. This was either as a result of the strong
winds; which could be seen to be violently shaking the thin plates;
or drunken vandals, or both, tearing the plate off the pole; what a
surprise! A scenario duplicated in many locations in Orihuela Costa.
In two cases that I know of the pole has gone as well.
At the end of June 2012 I sent an email
to two separate recipients, with a copy of the photograph at the top of the page attached, in the Town Hall offices requesting a replacement name
plate. I wrote: 'Could you please make a request on my behalf for a
replacement for the missing street name sign for 'Calle Ontario'. The
blue pole is lonely on its own!
I received a reply informing me that in
order for the Council to action my request I had to travel to the
Town Hall to complete an official form, in person. As I was preparing
for the start of our two month trip to the United Kingdom, I was not
inclined to waste my time, and the expense of petrol for the car, to
visit the offices in Orihuela Costa to complete, what I consider, an
unnecessary duplicate request of my email. I thought a replacement
sign would be of benefit to my neighbours, visitors, the community,
delivery companies and helpful to the Council.
Several months on and still our blue
pole is standing there without a purpose. So I've decided to see if
the Orihuela Town Council will react again to a posting on my weblog.
If so, Sr. Alcaldesa, Mr Mayor, I have
a question and a suggestion for you. Can the Council replace our
missing street name sign? As the Urban Cleaning Services household
refuse collection lorries travel throughout the area on a daily basis
they would be an excellent source of information about the location
of other missing signs and dis-functional poles.
[I wonder if any of the readers
of this weblog living in Orihuela Costa know of any more examples and
will send the location as a comment.]
By the by.
On the day that the two Council
employees came and installed one of the signs for our road, we (my
wife and I) were sitting in our lounge drinking our morning coffee
when we suddenly heard the sound of drilling directly in front of our
house. Opening the front door we could see the workers starting to
drill a hole in the path directly in-line with our garden entrance
gate. On enquiring we discovered that this was being drilled for the
installation of one of the street-name poles. We pointed out to them
that to site it there would seem a little inconsiderate as it made
entry to our house through the gate a little inconvenient. It was
pointed out to us that that was where their instructions indicated
the sign must be. We eventually managed to get the 'Jobsworths' to
agree to move it, all be it less than one half of a metre northwards
further along the pavement; not directly in front of anyone's