Once upon a time in Bridlington (Or Art Nouveau trains and cycles)

After a complex and interesting journey caused by a broken rail near Newark (this caused the train crew on an inbound train to kx to be delayed meaning the service I was transferred to following the cancellation of my train could not leave causing further cascade effects probably made worse by privatisation because there are rules to follow to switch crews between companies if it is possible which meant platforms could not be freed to allow trains in ….) we arrived.

I was surprised at the size of Hull and Bridlington stations and the clear evidence that they were once very busy multipurpose liminal places but now seem to be suffering from Tescoitis.

Bridlington is obviously a place of two halves, part pretty good, although with art nouveau buildings next to classic Edwardian gothic and 1960’s square horrors, and very run down streets in classic seaside bedsit land for various social groups.

The seafront is impressive. Architects sometimes do know what they are doing 🙂

I feel this whole area could do with becoming a state of the Netherlands, as it would then sort out many issues that London is not interested in, and is not even aware exist. It has identical issues, for example around the sea, and shows clear evidence that the Dutch have had profound effects that may easily be built on. Why then does it not have Dutch standards of living?

I do wonder if the Island of Great Britain would be better returning to the pre 1066 kingdoms with very strong connections not primarily to London but across the North Sea, channel and Irish Sea.

This would be a modern version built on the convivial technologies of the sea, rail and the cycle, using Art Nouveau as its guiding principle:-)

Something very significant was lost with World War1.

Was Art Nouveau invented because of the bicycle? Many of the gentle curves in motion of the cycle are those of Art Nouveau. Did the proportions follow?

Art Deco Futurism and Modernism then were  the arts of the car.

And we moved away from a gentler sustainable ecologically aware world that the train, the cycle and their art forms had begun to germinate and got stuck in ugly inefficient ways we are not really conscious of but which through global warming are having huge effects.

An example of the ugly world we take for granted, that in our habitus we believe is normal is the brand new Inn (opened October 2016) we are staying in, belonging to a chain named after a place where there was a battle, and named after a container used for catching a form of sea food.

This is actually on the outside of the town boundary, on a busy road and is a classic example of a 1980’s planning idea. It isn’t far from the sea, but not directly accessible across a private golf course. Probably two thirds of the site is car parking but it is next to a cycle route. There is no provision for cycle parking.

The inn is a two storey block. By the stairs there is a large space presumably for the lift that hopefully was in the planning application. …

As hotels involve significant moving and handling, I presume these needs were considered in the plans ….

The doors to the rooms are all incredibly heavy. The bathroom does have a useful grab rail, but interestingly the grab rails on the bath are very difficult to hold and do not allow weight bearing.

I can’t work out if a very large pub chain bothered to employ anyone with any access experience and if something corrupt is happening with planning building regulations and developers. Is Life on Mars still alive?

To conclude, Bridlington is possibly a critically important case study of the evolution of planning and transport with a pretty good Edwardian infrastructure wrecked by sprawl and the 1980’s.

But not very far away across some water is an easily accessible example of how to do things properly. I can only assume thinking has been banned as heretical.

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