Aliens Invade South London

Not an actual alien invasion

New Addington residents were surprised to see what seemed to be the aftermath of a meteor storm when 22 large boulders appeared on the high street earlier this month.

In fact, it’s a scheme to deter illegal parking, from London mayor Boris Johnson’s Outer London Fund. Local opinion is divided — some residents call the boulders an ‘eyesore’ and liken them to an alien invasion, while traders say they will stop dangerous parking.

We think they look hilariously out of place, though concerns about people hitting their heads on them after falling over on ice, or that they’re disrespectful to the local funeral parlour are perhaps over-enthusiastic.

Has your local authority come up with novel schemes to deter illegal parking? Tell us in the comments.

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  • jeremy_inc

    They do look pretty rubbish… For £7000 you’d think they could get some nice rounded ones.

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.guppy James Guppy

    These had been sitting near Brick Lane for a while now – looks as if they have a new home (or more have been brought into existence by Artist Frankenstein).

  • BethPH

    I really should have tried for some stone puns.