A few weeks ago I was told by a Lorry driving friend that a new Truck only service station had opened nearby. I was quite surprised as Lorry driving infrastructure is normally not the best in the UK, and I was quite surprised to see a brand new facility.
Based on dash-cam footage they showed me and Bing aerial images, I attempted to get as much information as possible.
So while I was waiting for the render to cache on my PC (despite my work computer, and various phones all updating faster) I went out and did some exploring with Street Complete. It makes adding addresses and other buildings when you are out on a survey much much easier. And while I as only me journey, I discovered a brand new mini-housing development that didn’t even show on Bing maps satellite imagery yet, so it was very useful to go for a bit of a walk.
So, while adding houses to my town, I decided to spruce up the local amusement park, though I have been waiting for it to fully render to be able to show the work.
It has bugged me for quite a long to how sparse and barren it is, also including only 2 of the 4 toilet blocks! It is also a shame that car parks that are marked as grass display as grey!
Would be nice for the roller_coaster=track to render, as it seems they have been moving to that quite a bit
A big mystery though was that my larger screenshots i have for before and after show a mysterious community centre appearing, and some bridges over a river, which i didn’t add myself! relief knowing there is at leat 1 other person out there editing this town!
So, Dear Diary, 2021-05-11
I have decided to take on the task of tracing every building in the town where I live, population about 60,000. Currently the coverage of traced buildings are large retail, large industrial, or the hospital. Almost no houses are mapped, and most of the roads are bare minimum information with no cycleway or footway information.
This comes after my previous task, as I have just finished basic tracing and labelling of the local amusement park, which was almost barren (and due to the “roller coaster track” tag not rendering, it still look barren!).
I do plan on trying to get out a bit and visit some of the places, however the area is very sketchy. Since living here there have been a few drive by shootings, and many places are know as “The Stablands” with how much knife crime goes on…. I feel I will get chased out of some areas for wearing a surveying Hi-Vis, and arrested by the police if I don’t wear one!
I am massively impressed so far with the depth of the Wiki, the ease of use of the ID editor, the wide toolset JOSM has to offer, and the incredibly smooth function of StreetComplete (Quite how it hasn’t had 1mil+ downloads is beyond me!)
For now, the Armchair awaits, though mapping some of the clearly inaccurate foot “trails” around the area could be a nice break, and lower the risk of a shankin’