Prince of Wales Road, Norwich. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Archant Decisions on £5.5m of changes to how traffic uses Norwich will be taken this week, with shake-ups for Prince of Wales Road and Earlham Road likely to be rubber-stamped. Councillors will also decide whether to introduce 20mph limits on dozens more roads in the north of the city, Lakenham and Eaton.Members of the Norwich highways agency committee, made up of city and county councillors, will consider changes to part of a £2.75m revamp of the roads around Prince of Wales Road.Officers say they need to revise that scheme after they realised what had been agreed previously would cost too much and that managing the traffic during the work would “have a significant impact on the travelling public” for too long.Work on the first phase of the Transport for Norwich project is due to start in November.It will see King Street closed and pavements on Rose Lane widened with improve cycling facilities.The original … [Read more...] about Cost fears trigger rethink over part of £2.75m Prince of Wales Road traffic shake-up
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A decision over pop star Robbie Williams’s plans to build a basement under his Holland Park home next to a protected house belonging to rock legend Jimmy Page has been deferred. The Angels singer's next-door neighbour - Led Zeppelin founder Jimmy Page - told planners he was concerned that vibration from building a basement could affect the fragile paintings in his Grade I listed home, The Towers. Robbie Williams wants to build a single-storey basement and passageway link at the back of the historic house in Holland Park, which he bought in 2013. His plans also include landscaping the back garden, removing and reconstructing the balcony on the ground floor and putting plant machinery underneath at his Grade II* house which was once owned by entertainer Gracie Fields. It was built in 1875 by Norman Shaw. Read More Massive west London building projects He has removed the existing swimming pool and wants to build a new pool at the property. The large house is next to the Grade I … [Read more...] about Robbie Williams’ basement plans deferred amid ‘vibration fears’
As the city of Tulsa's decision to downsize an upcoming widening project on Yale Avenue from six lanes to four looms closer, the community's largest neighborhood continues to oppose the proposal. Many residents of the Southern Pointe Homeowners Association remain supportive of the longstanding plan to widen Yale to six lanes between 81st and 91st streets. City officials began discussing the addition of four lanes to the dangerous, winding stretch of road more than two decades ago, with the approximately $32 million funds finally being secured in 2015. But mounting pressure from some neighborhood associations within the area known as Signal Hill provoked a serious discussion into subtracting two of the proposed lanes. The Canyon Creek HOA, for instance, has pushed for four lanes instead of six because fewer lanes would allow community members to preserve room for landscaping and to protect pedestrians using the sidewalk. Councilor Phil Lakin, who is spearheading the … [Read more...] about Many in area’s largest neighborhood oppose proposal to downsize Yale expansion project from six lanes to four
If you're a fan of Steve McQueen and the 1968 film "Bullitt," you have a soft spot in your heart for a certain Highland Green machine. The 1968 Ford Mustang used during filming was recently found and now it has returned to the spotlight. It's getting an even bigger light cast its way because the original film-used car is on display at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. You'd better get a move on if you want to look for yourself. From now through April 23rd, the original Bullitt Mustang is prominently on display in a glass "garage" in our nation's capital. “To see the Bullitt under glass within steps of the Smithsonian museums, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument is a fitting tribute to automobiles that have transcended utility to become truly iconic examples of America’s culture,” said Carl Widmann, Ford Mustang chief engineer. The car also recently received another honor. It was inducted into the National Historic Vehicle Register, which brings the … [Read more...] about Go see the original Bullitt Mustang in D.C.
Back in 1976, I used to beg my mom each morning to get me to school early, just so I could play an insane inner-city game called Suicide. I was 10 years old, and while the St. Anselm nuns copped a smoke next to the rectory, trying to steady their nerves for yet another day without debauchery*, 50 testosterone-filled boys gathered to throw a raggedy tennis ball against the church wall. The object of the game was simple. Catch the ball without fumbling or the mob pummeled you. It was the greatest game ever… unless you dropped the ball. Then it was your ass. That’s what I think restoring a car is like. Your energy level at the start of the process is as high as Rick Ross’ cholesterol. That’s the exciting part. But you also have to figure out how to make a thousand teeny tiny decisions without dropping the ball, because if you drop the ball, your financial ass will be handed to you. And that’s where a bit of indecision creeps in and you suddenly become That … [Read more...] about My Chevrolet Corvair Project Gets Stripped To The Metal As Its Racing Story Begins