There’s a good chance those rust-covered and expensive planters may stay on the London Road after all.
Took B&NES a couple of years to take action on a safety audit that had suggested the trees planted in some of them obscured the vision of motorists pulling out from side roads.
So – suddenly – the trees are ripped out or sawn off – and the artist-produced containers – that were designed to rust and which bear poetic quotes – seems destined for scrapping or replacing some of those unattractive (but necessary) concrete blocks in the city centre.
However, l hear there has been a softening of attitudes in that – as long as the safety issue is addressed – the planters can stay where they are or be moved slightly to new sites on the London Road where there is no obstruction to worry about.
Have to say l crouched down to car driver level to take some pictures this morning and – as long as they are re-dressed with low growing plants – l cannot see any problem.
Elsewhere in town today – l am told they have been wiring up a set of traffic lights on the corner of Queen Square and Old King Street for a CCTV camera. Not sure if that’s to monitor motor traffic or human – but it’s a good idea.
We need another one in Laura Place to deter the constant addition of liquid soup to the fountain. It’s so boring and not good for the fountain’s pump.
They’ve just put in a new one. Why or why can’t the people who live around there take an interest too. Is it really all hotels and offices in that area?