I attended the Mouth of the Tyne Festival on July 9, at approximately 10am.
The road was barriered off, with notices stating that the road was closed – very laudable, safety of the public from traffic, etc.
I noticed a few little children running into the road and old people (of which I am one) relaxing, knowing that we would not be flattened by some vehicle trundling down the narrow road.
Then I noticed delivery vehicles accessing the road, delivering emergency supplies to various shops.
Then, lo and behold, a police officer trundles down the street in his battle wagon, I presume to a riot or major disturbance in the road that is barred to traffic. He parks up for a while, then disappears.
Then the ultimate terror, lycra man and woman, who scream down the barriered-off road, scattering pedestrians and little animals alike in their quest to save the planet, not only on the road, but also on the pavement.
I ask the question – why?
If the road is closed to traffic it should be closed, unless an emergency is in progress.
Perhaps the council or police would like to explain why this was not implemented.