Olympic roundabout wrangle ends at last

Echo: Olympic roundabout wrangle ends at last Olympic roundabout wrangle ends at last

A ROUNDABOUT in a wrangle over maintenance has finally been mown after more than two years.

Victoria House Corner Roundabout, in Hadleigh, once had neat grass and flowers, but became thick with weeds and grass following an Olympic spat.

The roundabout, which has a statue of a cyclist to mark the Olympic mountain bike event in Hadleigh in 2012, was maintained by Alton Garden Centre, but the company was asked to stop in the run-up to the Olympics and Essex County Council took it over in 2012.

After the celebrations, no one continued with the job of maintaining it until this week.

Residents and councillors complained to the county council and one-off funding to cut the grass has now been granted, with work starting yesterday.

Bill Dick, councillor for St George’s ward, said: “The grass was a couple of feet long. We’ve been trying to get the county council to pay to get it going until someone comes forward as a sponsor.

“The way the county council has dragged its feet has been terrible.”

Kathleen Davis, 60, of Nicholson Road, Benfleet, speaking before work began, said: “We want it to look nice.

It needs to be sorted out. It looks disgraceful.”

Castle Point Council leader Colin Riley revealed yesterday Essex is giving Castle Point £2,000 for short-term maintenance while it looks for a permanent sponsor.

He said: “It’s good news and we’re hoping to get it finished by the end of the week.

It’s in a bit of a state.”

A county council spokesman said: “The roundabout has been sponsored for a number of years and part of this sponsorship included maintenance. However, the sponsorship ceased and while we work with Castle Point Council to find a new sponsor, we have provided funding for grass cutting.”

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3:34pm Mon 9 Jun 14

go get em says...

Good little earner £2000 to cut the grass . . . . i'm up for it.
Good little earner £2000 to cut the grass . . . . i'm up for it. go get em
  • Score: 6

4:22pm Mon 9 Jun 14

w-jback says...

go get em wrote:
Good little earner £2000 to cut the grass . . . . i'm up for it.
That's just the temporary cost! must be worth £20000 a year - a couple of hours every few weeks. great earning potential!
[quote][p][bold]go get em[/bold] wrote: Good little earner £2000 to cut the grass . . . . i'm up for it.[/p][/quote]That's just the temporary cost! must be worth £20000 a year - a couple of hours every few weeks. great earning potential! w-jback
  • Score: 4

4:57pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

BUFFOONS AGAIN
BUFFOONS AGAIN Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 3

5:01pm Mon 9 Jun 14

mauwoman says...

So will we ever know the name of the idiot who terminated the contract with Alton Garden centre
So will we ever know the name of the idiot who terminated the contract with Alton Garden centre mauwoman
  • Score: 10

5:21pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

mauwoman wrote:
So will we ever know the name of the idiot who terminated the contract with Alton Garden centre
Richard Head. Lol
[quote][p][bold]mauwoman[/bold] wrote: So will we ever know the name of the idiot who terminated the contract with Alton Garden centre[/p][/quote]Richard Head. Lol Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 6

5:36pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Devils Advocate says...

Council Glory Seekers kicked Alton so they could look good with that nice neat roundabout Then probably Alton's said right, if we're not good enough when the world comes to look, stuff it into the dark place!
Whatever happened to those councils who just worked for the people who pay their wages (Us!) and do what we pay them to. Thinking too hard seems to spoil them!
Council Glory Seekers kicked Alton so they could look good with that nice neat roundabout Then probably Alton's said right, if we're not good enough when the world comes to look, stuff it into the dark place! Whatever happened to those councils who just worked for the people who pay their wages (Us!) and do what we pay them to. Thinking too hard seems to spoil them! Devils Advocate
  • Score: 5

5:39pm Mon 9 Jun 14

John Right says...

Concrete it over, make it a shared space like Victoria Circus
Concrete it over, make it a shared space like Victoria Circus John Right
  • Score: -1

5:42pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Howard Cháse says...

John Right wrote:
Concrete it over, make it a shared space like Victoria Circus
If it was in Basildon they would have sold it off to housing developers by now....
[quote][p][bold]John Right[/bold] wrote: Concrete it over, make it a shared space like Victoria Circus[/p][/quote]If it was in Basildon they would have sold it off to housing developers by now.... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 8

7:32pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Kim Gandy says...

John Right wrote:
Concrete it over, make it a shared space like Victoria Circus
Another lightbulb moment eh?

Pity it's only 40 watts ...as usual.

You're so clever, you do something to improve your local environment for the benefit of others. You're great at telling myself and others what's what... what have YOU ever done - apart from mouthing off at me on here?
[quote][p][bold]John Right[/bold] wrote: Concrete it over, make it a shared space like Victoria Circus[/p][/quote]Another lightbulb moment eh? Pity it's only 40 watts ...as usual. You're so clever, you do something to improve your local environment for the benefit of others. You're great at telling myself and others what's what... what have YOU ever done - apart from mouthing off at me on here? Kim Gandy
  • Score: 4

7:33pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Kim Gandy says...

John Right wrote:
Concrete it over, make it a shared space like Victoria Circus
Another lightbulb moment eh?

Pity it's only 40 watts ...as usual.

You're so clever, you do something to improve your local environment for the benefit of others. You're great at telling myself and others what's what... what have YOU ever done - apart from mouthing off at me on here?
[quote][p][bold]John Right[/bold] wrote: Concrete it over, make it a shared space like Victoria Circus[/p][/quote]Another lightbulb moment eh? Pity it's only 40 watts ...as usual. You're so clever, you do something to improve your local environment for the benefit of others. You're great at telling myself and others what's what... what have YOU ever done - apart from mouthing off at me on here? Kim Gandy
  • Score: 0

8:39am Tue 10 Jun 14

Nebs says...

Get it cut for the price of 6 pairs of scissors.
.http://www.communit
ypayback.com/
Get it cut for the price of 6 pairs of scissors. .http://www.communit ypayback.com/ Nebs
  • Score: 1

12:39pm Tue 10 Jun 14

John Right says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
John Right wrote:
Concrete it over, make it a shared space like Victoria Circus
Another lightbulb moment eh?

Pity it's only 40 watts ...as usual.

You're so clever, you do something to improve your local environment for the benefit of others. You're great at telling myself and others what's what... what have YOU ever done - apart from mouthing off at me on here?
Go and see to your son, his dummy is on the floor.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John Right[/bold] wrote: Concrete it over, make it a shared space like Victoria Circus[/p][/quote]Another lightbulb moment eh? Pity it's only 40 watts ...as usual. You're so clever, you do something to improve your local environment for the benefit of others. You're great at telling myself and others what's what... what have YOU ever done - apart from mouthing off at me on here?[/p][/quote]Go and see to your son, his dummy is on the floor. John Right
  • Score: 0

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