Puzzled by an over-specified ladder in Southwark

Ladder in a room in Southwark

Why does a ground floor room in a one-story building need a ladder that reaches up three times the height of the ceiling? That I was wondering as people started to come into the room in which I was due to do a talk on campaigning for Southwark Liberal Democrats on Thursday night. Until, that is, I started spotting air fresheners everywhere. At least five, possibly more.

A tough gig then at which to keep people’s attention, though judging by the book sales afterwards (thank you, kind soon-to-be readers!) I pulled it off.

It was a nice mix of elements – me on campaigning in general, the local team on campaigning specifically in Southwark and how they managed to make headway against Labour in the 2018 local elections and then a session on using data well – a crucial topic.

Do let me know if you’d like to come and speak in an event in your patch or do a training session. Winchester, Shrewsbury, Weymouth and Carlisle beckon but there are still some gaps in the diary I’d be very happy to fill.


2 responses to “Puzzled by an over-specified ladder in Southwark”

  1. quite simple really, Mark, if you need a ladder to reach the gable on the outside of the building then that is what you need. ie the bottom of the ladder needs to be several feet away from the wall, and the top of the ladder needs to be above the ridge height (so that the user is safe if s/he needs to get onto the ridge). Added to that, the sections have to overlap each other.
    Ladders are not custom-made and come in set sizes, and in any case it may well have been a donation from a local builder, so it may be just what was available when the builder decided to invest in a light-weight aluminium one….

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