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BeardyAndyBeardyAndy Frets: 480
I live in Southampton and for the last 2 days the M3/M27 heading south west has been solid all morning and then solid back again all afternoon. I mean are peoples lives currently so dull that they'll happily sit in their cars for several hours, spewing toxic fumes out the back as they go, just so they can spend a cramped hour or 2 sitting on a crappy beach covered in other peoples shite?!?

Last time I checked we're still in a pandemic! :p
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  • richardhomerrichardhomer Frets: 21251
    I’m going round to see the rest of my family in Manchester. Oh, wait....
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  • Exactly. The a55 was chocka from 12 noon to 6pm yesterday, all going into Wales. as i work there i had an absolute nightmare trying to get across the county.

    Expect a big spike in Covid-19.     It's all "i want" "i want" these days with people. so selfish.
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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 7407
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    Looking at some of the pics yesterday and unbelievable - I fully appreciate and understand a steady and controlled easing of restrictions - I've been to the pub 3/4 times since they have re-opened but a) went early doors and b) picked one with out door seat/table, so certainly feel safe and no threat at all - But some of those pics look stupid

    Part of me says 'shut the beaches and other beauty spots' for now - But then you realise we are in peak holiday period and many UK guest houses, camp sites, hotels, holiday homes are full - So how can you have controlled visits to such venues when so many are on holiday + what else are they meant to do if Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Lake District + Cotswold etc is now open

    Spoke to a friend yesterday whose wife is a teacher and they were looking for a 'holiday cottage' in the UK but more remote and can't find anything during August
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 48640
    From the sound of what was on the news last night, they're going to sit in a traffic jam for a couple of hours until they get to the coast, find a policeman stopping them going into the car park, then turn round and sit in a traffic jam for a couple of hours on the way back.

    They'd be better off just lying in their back gardens and getting a horrendously overpriced burger and ice cream delivered...

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  • rze99rze99 Frets: 570
    Man, we went to friends near Windsor yesterday afternoon and we have to drive from south London and, my God, it was jammed absolutely everywhere. Incredibly busy. 

    We also just managed to book a few days away in a cottage and finding anywhere to stay was a nightmare.  

    Everyone is desperate for a change of scene and who can blame them. But it’s hard to see how the R rate won’t kick up at this rate. 

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  • hollywoodroxhollywoodrox Frets: 868
    Torbay is swarming with people 
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  • spark240spark240 Frets: 1483
    Just row your own boat and keep your distance....it’s every man for himself,


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  • DrCorneliusDrCornelius Frets: 2211
    Took a 20 minute drive to west bay last night for fish and chips at the harbour and came back hungry. It was rammed - people spilling into the road as the pavements and harbourside was so busy.
    Without sounding like the league of gentlemen , they weren’t local and most of them had no interest in social distancing at all . Was bloody depressing 
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  • StrangefanStrangefan Frets: 4234
    What I'm hearing on this thread is lots of people going out and then complaining of other people going out. 
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  • phil_bphil_b Frets: 1050
    I live in Southampton and for the last 2 days the M3/M27 heading south west has been solid all morning and then solid back again all afternoon. I mean are peoples lives currently so dull that they'll happily sit in their cars for several hours, spewing toxic fumes out the back as they go, just so they can spend a cramped hour or 2 sitting on a crappy beach covered in other peoples shite?!?

    Last time I checked we're still in a pandemic! :p
    man drives on motorway complains about others using the motorway????
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  • DrCorneliusDrCornelius Frets: 2211
    What I'm hearing on this thread is lots of people going out and then complaining of other people going out. 
    My moan was more about the lack of awareness / couldntgiveashitedness over social distancing . I get the fact people need to get away but the queue for the chippie was a scrum and there’s no excuse for that 
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  • BigBearKrisBigBearKris Frets: 1368
    I have moved from Bournemouth (Southbourne) to New Forest in January and despite my love for the coast and beaches (not sure what you mean by "crappy" - its beautiful and sandy here) every bank holiday or weekend in season is a nightmare with people from all over country coming down, litter, swarm and create immense traffic. This is when i do NOT go to the beach. Forest is the same though- all go the sudden McDonald's empty boxes and plastic is all over the place. 
    I used to say that those people behave like animals... but thats derogatory towards animals...
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  • robgilmorobgilmo Frets: 2872
    Beaches are crap anyway, windy, sandy, noisey, fuck all to do except get sand in your face and sit there all bored, fuck that.
    A Deuce , a Tele and a cup of tea.
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  • TheBigDipperTheBigDipper Frets: 2013
    I live in a dormitory village just outside Christchurch. The A35 through the New Forest has been busy all day today. Southbourne had no available parking this morning - on the coast nor on the high street - but we managed to find a "30mins no return" space so we could do the shopping we had planned and then ran for home. Cafes seemed busy but socially sensible. I cycled into Christchurch at lunchtime and it wasn't too bad on the high street or along the riverside - but the traffic going through to Bournemouth was still heavy. According to the new app the council has put together, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole is full. 

    TBH, in season, we don't travel very far at weekends because you just get stuck in traffic with everyone else, so why bother. I'll motorcycle rather than drive if I can. I'm still enough of an ex-Londoner to want to filter past stationary traffic rather than queue up like a lemming. 

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  • chillidoggychillidoggy Frets: 12641
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    It’s a pain in the arse around here, as soon as the sun is out, droves of DFL’s steam down to get to Palm Bay, Botany Bay and Kingsgate beaches. There’s no car parks, so they simply dump their cars wherever they can, even blocking peoples drives in some cases. I’ve seen videos of a few of them driving on the pavements because the beach roads are gridlocked. They leave shit and piss everywhere, leave piles of rubbish behind which the locals and the council end up clearing up, and provide no benefit to the local economy.

    So, if this is the kind of thing Cornwall residents have to put up with, I’m not surprised some have put up signs telling tourists to fuck off back where they came from. I drove past Margate beach earlier, it was rammed, and no doubt the council taxpayers will be footing the bill for removing the tons of rubbish they leave there, yet again.


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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 10126
    It’s a pain in the arse around here, as soon as the sun is out, droves of DFL’s steam down to get to Palm Bay, Botany Bay and Kingsgate beaches. There’s no car parks, so they simply dump their cars wherever they can, even blocking peoples drives in some cases. I’ve seen videos of a few of them driving on the pavements because the beach roads are gridlocked. They leave shit and piss everywhere, leave piles of rubbish behind which the locals and the council end up clearing up, and provide no benefit to the local economy.

    So, if this is the kind of thing Cornwall residents have to put up with, I’m not surprised some have put up signs telling tourists to fuck off back where they came from. I drove past Margate beach earlier, it was rammed, and no doubt the council taxpayers will be footing the bill for removing the tons of rubbish they leave there, yet again.
    I have relatives in Ramsgate and they’ve had visitors urinating in their front garden. Not what they were hoping for when they moved to the seaside. 

    I suspect this Discussion needs moving to Coronavirus where it can sit alongside Emp Fab’s worries about civil disorder as, really, this is civil disorder as so few people are giving a shit what the authorities are saying. 
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  • Paul_CPaul_C Frets: 5265
    I have relatives in Ramsgate and they’ve had visitors urinating in their front garden.

    I wouldn't invite them round a second time.
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  • hollywoodroxhollywoodrox Frets: 868
    It’s basically like it was in the 70s more people visiting uk seaside than going overseas now we are in a crisis ,when I was a kid resorts were packed more than they have been for 30 or 40 years ,it is bound to benefit the local economy ,  so the general public are animal slobs, I remember people being just as bad years ago, shitting on the beach, shitting in the urinals in the pub ,littering , what can you do, you can’t shoot them . The great unwashed want to get away from the dreary lives they lead just for a couple of days , perhaps we have failed them if they have turned out like this with no manners, and scant disregard for others , but they do come to visit and pay extortionate car park fee’s  buy overpriced food and drink and other sundry goods  ,just to escape from the everyday monotony for a couple of days . Can we deny them this basic pleasure just because they are sufficiently uneducated to behave themselves. Perhaps we need to address the root of the problem whatever it is . 
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  • martmart Frets: 3957
    It’s basically like it was in the 70s more people visiting uk seaside than going overseas now we are in a crisis ,.... 
    It’ll be a true once-in-a-lifetime holiday for them. I mean, if you go for a holiday in Margate now when you’re used to St Tropez, you’re not likely to go back, are you.
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  • mgawmgaw Frets: 3832
    we are near Bude on the north coast of cornwall and enjoying sitting in the garden looking over the Atlantic and TOTALLY avoiding going anywhere
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  • Local knowledge goes far. I spent Thursday and yesterday afternoon having a great time on my local beach with the kids, had it to ourselves. We’re in Snowdonia. A couple of miles down the coast in both directions, hundreds were crowding onto popular beaches, car parks full, long long queues of traffic. More then has ever been seen before. Crazy times. 


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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 6669
    Be seeing you.
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  • hollywoodroxhollywoodrox Frets: 868
    Yess was addicted to Ch4 reruns of prisoner around 83
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  • prowlaprowla Frets: 3047
    I went to Southampton on Friday to collect a bass; the M3 was jammed, so I went an alternate route.
    I sent the chap a message saying I'd be there around 2 and I arrived at 2:06, so that wasn't bad on a 50 mile journey.
    I then popped across to Southsea to go to a couple of guitar shops and there was a bit of local traffic.
    I did decide to go to the sea-front, but it was busy, so I went further out and it was OK.
    The road back was alright, apart from some 40mph-everywhere drivers (ie. 60 limit = drive at 40, 30 limit, drive at 40).
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  • thumpingrugthumpingrug Frets: 1851
    edited August 2
    Im in Dorset, about 3 miles from Lulworth Cove/Durdle door.  Our village have been impossible to drive through morning and evening due to people heading to the beaches.  Its worse than Bestival. 

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  • LegionreturnsLegionreturns Frets: 7093
    Plenty of wide open spaces, beautiful views and wild swimming spots available up here in Yorkshire... don't really get cramming everyone onto an already crowded beach myself. 

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  • skullfunkerryskullfunkerry Frets: 1601
    I’ve been working on site again recently, for the first time since lockdown started. Had to go to Isleworth a few weeks ago, that involved a complete circuit of the M25 and I was pleasantly surprised at how little traffic there was (and then also at being able to find a space in a hospital car park at 2pm).

    Last week I was working in Chelsea but I drove as I don’t really feel happy about public transport yet. Traffic was mostly okay, but it was super busy a couple of nights, one in particular. I tried not to moan too much as I was very aware of the irony of “man moans about the number of cars while sitting in traffic in his car”.

    It’s always busy around here: Essex in general seems to have a lot of traffic, and Southend (especially on a hot day) is just gridlock. I live a little north of the town itself so I can generally avoid it, but even so it still gets crazy busy sometimes. I’m going to Edinburgh this afternoon to work up there for a few days... I’m very much hoping that once I get away from Essex the number of cars around will decrease hugely.
    Too much gain... is just about enough \m/

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  • BeardyAndyBeardyAndy Frets: 480
    phil_b said:
    I live in Southampton and for the last 2 days the M3/M27 heading south west has been solid all morning and then solid back again all afternoon. I mean are peoples lives currently so dull that they'll happily sit in their cars for several hours, spewing toxic fumes out the back as they go, just so they can spend a cramped hour or 2 sitting on a crappy beach covered in other peoples shite?!?

    Last time I checked we're still in a pandemic! :p
    man drives on motorway complains about others using the motorway????
    Going to work dude, how would you do it?
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  • chillidoggychillidoggy Frets: 12641
    It’s a pain in the arse around here, as soon as the sun is out, droves of DFL’s steam down to get to Palm Bay, Botany Bay and Kingsgate beaches. There’s no car parks, so they simply dump their cars wherever they can, even blocking peoples drives in some cases. I’ve seen videos of a few of them driving on the pavements because the beach roads are gridlocked. They leave shit and piss everywhere, leave piles of rubbish behind which the locals and the council end up clearing up, and provide no benefit to the local economy.

    So, if this is the kind of thing Cornwall residents have to put up with, I’m not surprised some have put up signs telling tourists to fuck off back where they came from. I drove past Margate beach earlier, it was rammed, and no doubt the council taxpayers will be footing the bill for removing the tons of rubbish they leave there, yet again.
    I have relatives in Ramsgate and they’ve had visitors urinating in their front garden. Not what they were hoping for when they moved to the seaside. 

    I suspect this Discussion needs moving to Coronavirus where it can sit alongside Emp Fab’s worries about civil disorder as, really, this is civil disorder as so few people are giving a shit what the authorities are saying. 
    As far as I know, this situation is the norm, however the coronavirus has probably increased the influx somewhat. The residents of the roads in question have been moaning about it for years, and finally the council has initiated an open consultation reference parking restrictions.

    So, the outcome is likely to be residents paying for year-round permits for themselves and their visitors, cos the council won’t be dishing anything out for free. And, as expected, some of them are now bitching about the possibility of having to pay. I’ve walked up and down those roads, witnessed the dickhead car parking first hand, and I reckon a traffic warden could justify a month’s wages in parking tickets pretty much every day. The council is going to have its cake and get to eat it, both from the residents, and the dickhead car parkers.


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  • westfordwestford Frets: 71
    We were on the Isle of Wight on holiday last week. This was the nearest beach on a busy day.



    The last few years we’ve been to Dorset and we do love it, but I’m quite glad we didn’t book a holiday there this year.
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