On Friday morning at about 8.30am Mr Mustard was wending his way to Cafe Buzz, driving down Barnet Lane, alongside Barnet FC's former home at Underhill, when he observed a council employee putting up signs like this one (which Mr Mustard stopped after breakfast to photograph):
Mr Mustard wondered what the event might be. He noted the long hours, so clearly not a single football match, and the spelling error. He also noted to himself that this form of sign does not comply with any parking regulations.
This sign has been redundant for 2 years but is still in situ:
and he noted how much later the proposed restriction was.
He also noted that these signs were erected on this stretch of road
and white lines do not convey any form of restriction; these ones have been painted over the top of yellow ones.
Ambiguous signage doesn't help. Mr Mustard safely parked under these two contradictory signs whilst he took a photograph. The grey sign hanging down is the red match day sign.
When is the match day?
What a mess.
The only people caught out at this location will be residents who have gone away for the weekend and had no idea of the upcoming event.
The location is badly signed, both with a 2013 plate and then sometimes with signs which can't make their mind up between 11am and 11pm (the event finishes at 6pm).
The warning signs were posted very late in the day, being only 2 days before the event when the absolute minimum is 5 days. New Year can hardly have come as a surprise.
Mr Mustard hasn't seen the Traffic Management Order but if it refers to football matches then it can't be used for regulating the traffic when the field below the stadium is open for some other purpose.
Mr Mustard took a walk around the area and put his business card on a number of cars with PCN - he distributed so many that he ran out. If you know anyone who lives near the Underhill Stadium who might have been affected do please call them and if they were unlucky enough to get a PCN suggest they contact Mr Mustard by email on email@example.com as these PCN are eminently contestable.
NSL and the sign shop still need improvement work.
This is partly why Mr Mustard beats so many PCN, so many of them are duff.