100 YEARS OF BEECH CROFT ROAD
Like thousands of residential streets all over the UK, King Car has been allowed to devour much of the public space that lies between the buildings.

It's when you look at a sequence of photos that you see how unacceptable the current domination of the car has become.

Here's a photo of Beech Croft Road looking east in the early 1900's, soon after the street was completed.

All the photos on this page are of roughly the same view, shot from roughly the same location.

BEECH CROFT ROAD LOOKING EAST, EARLY 1900's

This photo was taken over ten years before the Council painted double yellow lines down both sides of the street.

The long-time residents speak of one Sunday morning when the Council's Highways Department suddenly appeared without warning and painted double yellow lines down both sides of the road wherever there happened to be a space.

In spite of the fact that the road was wide enough for cars to park on both sides and still allow traffic through, the sudden disappearance of parking spaces began the steady process of people ripping out their front gardens to make way for car parking spaces.

BEECH CROFT ROAD LOOKING EAST 1975

Today, most residents have had to rip out their front gardens to park their cars, and many of them stick out over the ramped pavement.

What's left of the pavement is usually being parked on illegally by vans, cars, and other drivers keen to 'get out of the way'.

And then there's the traffic which goes up to 50 mph down this straight street when it’s not jammed up like this.

So unless you are good at roof hopping, or you like dodging speeding traffic, it can be impossible to walk down Beech Croft Road.
BEECH CROFT ROAD LOOKING EAST 2005