Signs of the times

25 Jan

New signs to East London Rugby Club have appeared in West Ham

Cllr Julianne Marriott tweeted the montage above yesterday, observing

Six signs for East London Rugby Club appeared this morning. Seems overkill in an era of sat navs… #WestHam #Newham #eyesore

East London RFC play in a league that is at the eighth level of the English rugby union system and is limited to club sides based in Essex and north-east London, so it is unlikely that hordes of fans will be flocking to their games, in desperate need of directions.

So why the sudden appearance of so many signs?

Perhaps the club’s president Sir Robin Wales knows. Or maybe the chairman Nick Bracken, who is also chief operating officer of Newham council.

5 Responses to “Signs of the times”

  1. Birdman January 25, 2018 at 14:16 #

    Rather a mean and uninformed observation. East London RFC has done a great deal for equality and diversity in the game and they are not the only club to play there. The investment in a few directional signs is paltry compared to the millions paid towards the local football team run by millionaire pornographers. Anyone who has read my comments over the years knows I am no fan of SRW but this comment is way off the mark. As for Nick Bracken, love him or hate him, he is a local lad who has done more for his place of birth and the wider community than most of us, including Cllr Marriott, can ever aspire to do. Or is she accusing him of corruption? I love this blog and detest SRW but giving air to such a poorly thought through comment is strange. Councillors, by convention, do not publicly attack the local government employees they are responsible for and Cllr Marriott should withdraw her comments about Nick Bracken, apologise and be reported to the standards committee.

    • Martin Warne January 25, 2018 at 14:21 #

      Councillor Marriott didn’t mention Nick Bracken, I did.

      • Birdman January 25, 2018 at 14:36 #

        Apologies to the Councillor then, and shame on you Martin. You clearly know nothing about ELRFC and your attack on Nick Bracken is just unfair. Put your money where your mouth is and make an official complaint about him using his influence to produce too many directional signs.

      • Martin Warne January 25, 2018 at 14:57 #

        As attacks go I’d say this is pretty mild. But I am interested to know how the decision was taken and who paid for the signs. In other boroughs (Redbridge, for example) the attraction or place of interest has to apply and, if approved, pay for the design and production of the signs. There are clear rules about eligibility, size, placement and number. I’ve looked on the Newham website and can’t find any documentation or policy. An FOI might help find the details I’m looking for.

  2. Birdman January 25, 2018 at 17:58 #

    Is it really worth an FOI? ELRFC has always been difficult to find (ask any visiting team) so a few extra signs might be helpful. The facilities are used by a number of clubs, schools etc so good signage can only help. I can think of a thousand other things in Newham more worthy of investigation.

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