New deal could result in makeovers for Cirencester's roundabouts

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: The roundabout on the Corinium Via estate will now be looked after by Cirencester Town Council The roundabout on the Corinium Via estate will now be looked after by Cirencester Town Council

A NEW deal between Cirencester Town Council and Gloucestershire County Council could spell the beginning of the end for the town’s lacklustre roundabouts.

It is thought that the new deal, which would see the two councils working together to maintain one of Cirencester’s roundabouts, could be the catalyst for all other roundabouts in the town getting a makeover.

Under the new deal, the roundabout, located on London Road in the new Corinium Via estate, could be tended to on a much more regular basis than previously.

At a recent meeting of the town council’s Estate Services, it was heard that the council group has taken on the management of the roundabout in order to begin addressing issues of other roundabouts in Cirencester.

Andrew Tubb, chief executive of the town council, said: “We don’t actually own the land/roundabout, we’re simply maintaining it on behalf of the county. I believe that residents of Corinium Via are grateful that it is now being cut and not just left to overgrow and become unkempt.”

David Hicks, area representative at Gloucestershire Highways said: “We are very pleased to be working with Cirencester Town Council on the Corinium Via roundabout.

“Whilst we already cut back the grass twice a year, in future the town council will take on more regular maintenance to enhance its appearance”.

Mr Tubb also said that the council has applied for a grant to fund a planting scheme involving wild flower seeds.

Roundabouts have long been a contentious issue in Cirencester with many residents feeling that they are detrimental to the town’s image.

Readers inundated the Standard’s Facebook page with comments relating to the town’s roundabouts.

Philippa Smith wrote: “I dread to think what visitors to Cirencester think when they come across our roundabouts on their approach to the Capital of the Cotswolds.”

While Geoff Sloman said: “Where are the signs welcoming people to Cirencester the ‘Jewel of the Cotswolds" and promoting our historic and Roman past?

“Unfortunately our current roundabouts just don't do it. Surely some spring bulbs and wild flower planting would further enhance these gateways to the town?”

The A429 roundabout at the entrance to Burford Road is sponsored by estate agents Henry George and remains the town’s only roundabout that is cared for by a third party.

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9:45am Fri 6 Dec 13

Geoff66 says...

What i actually said was....
Whilst I am glad to see that at last someone has taken steps to do something with our appalling roundabouts, I would have thought that this could, and should, ideally be done with the support of our local businesses and through sponsorships arrangements.



I was really pleased to see that the London Road roundabout, now sponsored by Henry George, has undergone a significant transformation, for the sake of a few small advertising signs, and I for one look forward to seeing what else will be done to improve the look of this roundabout...perhaps even some flowering plants and bulbs, we will just have to wait and see. However, I now hear that Cirencester Town Council is now looking at taking over one of the town's principal roundabouts. Whilst this would indeed be desirable, I would sooner see the Town Council working more closely with local businesses, to consider taking over the remaining roundabouts, as well as working more closely with the Cirencester Chambers of Commerce, in order to also look at the wider issues of improving the aesthetical appearance of the town in general, and to also help raise the overall appearance of the town and to make Cirencester a much more attractive town, as well as a more desirable place for tourists and visitors alike to visit.



Surely there are enough large businesses around the town to consider sponsoring the remaining roundabouts. In fact many of these roundabouts are know by some of the local businesses which are sited adjacent these....i.e. Tesco’s roundabout and Colt Cars roundabout, Waitrose and St. James's Place roundabout, and I am sure that the Tetbury Road roundabout could be sponsored by Bromford Homes and/or Deer Park School, and the Fire Station roundabout has an array of local businesses. Yes we know we are going through a recession and money is tight, but think of the Kudos of local businesses taking pride in their towns and giving something back to the local community.



For far too long our roundabouts have been left to their own devises and no one has taken on the responsibility of tidying, yet alone maintaining and thinning these out. Why can't Cirencester be proud of these roundabouts, and see steps being taken to improve these and make them an asset for the town, like Tetbury has?



Personally I would like to see the Town Council, working with the Chamber of Commerce, look at some of the approaches to Cirencester, and consider making these more of a gateway to the town. Where are the signs welcoming people to Cirencester the "Jewel of the Cotswold's" and promoting our historic and Roman past, as well as encouraging people to stop and look. Unfortunately our current signs just don't do it, and surely some spring bulbs and wild flower planting would further enhance these gateways to the town.



My plea to local businesses would be please consider sponsoring our roundabouts; we don't mind a small and intrusive number of signs advertising your support of these. In addition why not consider helping Cirencester and its Town Council look at improving the overall aesthetical appearance and look of the town and its centre, by perhaps sponsoring planters and flower and shrub beds, or perhaps establishing a fund to purchase spring bulbs and wild flower seed to enhance our roadsides, and dual carriageway central lanes? Please help us make Cirencester the "Jewel" that it once was.
What i actually said was.... Whilst I am glad to see that at last someone has taken steps to do something with our appalling roundabouts, I would have thought that this could, and should, ideally be done with the support of our local businesses and through sponsorships arrangements. I was really pleased to see that the London Road roundabout, now sponsored by Henry George, has undergone a significant transformation, for the sake of a few small advertising signs, and I for one look forward to seeing what else will be done to improve the look of this roundabout...perhaps even some flowering plants and bulbs, we will just have to wait and see. However, I now hear that Cirencester Town Council is now looking at taking over one of the town's principal roundabouts. Whilst this would indeed be desirable, I would sooner see the Town Council working more closely with local businesses, to consider taking over the remaining roundabouts, as well as working more closely with the Cirencester Chambers of Commerce, in order to also look at the wider issues of improving the aesthetical appearance of the town in general, and to also help raise the overall appearance of the town and to make Cirencester a much more attractive town, as well as a more desirable place for tourists and visitors alike to visit. Surely there are enough large businesses around the town to consider sponsoring the remaining roundabouts. In fact many of these roundabouts are know by some of the local businesses which are sited adjacent these....i.e. Tesco’s roundabout and Colt Cars roundabout, Waitrose and St. James's Place roundabout, and I am sure that the Tetbury Road roundabout could be sponsored by Bromford Homes and/or Deer Park School, and the Fire Station roundabout has an array of local businesses. Yes we know we are going through a recession and money is tight, but think of the Kudos of local businesses taking pride in their towns and giving something back to the local community. For far too long our roundabouts have been left to their own devises and no one has taken on the responsibility of tidying, yet alone maintaining and thinning these out. Why can't Cirencester be proud of these roundabouts, and see steps being taken to improve these and make them an asset for the town, like Tetbury has? Personally I would like to see the Town Council, working with the Chamber of Commerce, look at some of the approaches to Cirencester, and consider making these more of a gateway to the town. Where are the signs welcoming people to Cirencester the "Jewel of the Cotswold's" and promoting our historic and Roman past, as well as encouraging people to stop and look. Unfortunately our current signs just don't do it, and surely some spring bulbs and wild flower planting would further enhance these gateways to the town. My plea to local businesses would be please consider sponsoring our roundabouts; we don't mind a small and intrusive number of signs advertising your support of these. In addition why not consider helping Cirencester and its Town Council look at improving the overall aesthetical appearance and look of the town and its centre, by perhaps sponsoring planters and flower and shrub beds, or perhaps establishing a fund to purchase spring bulbs and wild flower seed to enhance our roadsides, and dual carriageway central lanes? Please help us make Cirencester the "Jewel" that it once was. Geoff66

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