Plant an idea?

The young tree has been sawn down.

Suggestions are starting to come in regarding finding a use for some of the metal planters lining the city end of the London Road.  They were introduced – at great expense –  a few years ago as part of a regeneration scheme to green this ‘gateway’ to Bath.

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A row of treeless planters.

Seems they are being taken away because they block visibility for drivers coming out of side roads. Something that was pointed out to B&NES in an independent safety audit carried out three years ago!

While the Council has asked its officers to come up with some clever ideas to re-cycle these £5,000 a piece, artistically-produced, self-rusting, generous plant pots – one Bath Newseum follower thought some of them might make edible troughs. Plant them up with vegetables!

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The ‘unofficial’ Walcot garden.

Maybe they could be given to the Walcot Road volunteers who turned a bit of wasteland alongside the sadly derelict Corn Market into a garden.

While we’re talking about blocked sight-lines. Troughs are nothing compared to the dangers we face in our road. At the top is a busy crossroads blocked by cars being allowed to park right up to the corner.

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The blind corner we have to face at​ the top end of our street. Often cars are parked right up to the edge. We are still waiting for B&NES to do something. We are a popular last-minute​-Chelsea-tractor-rush-to-school rat run. The Gloucester Road above us is a ha ha ha 20mph road.

Any further suggestions for the planters are very welcome.