Cirencester in bloom

The wildflowers on the Century Way roundabout. Picture by Stuart Tarr of the Beeches Community Group (8829748)

The wildflowers on the Century Way roundabout. Picture by Stuart Tarr of the Beeches Community Group (8829748)

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PARTS of Cirencester are awash with an array of beautiful colour thanks to a project by the town’s council.

In April the council planted wildflower seedlings in areas around the town and now they are starting to blossom in spectacular fashion.

Blooms are sprouting near the children’s playground at the Abbey Ground, on the Century Way roundabout and the Four Acres Field.

Martin Conyers, estate services manager of Cirencester Town Council, said: “We are continuing to improve areas around the town.

They were planted in the spring and we are now reaping the benefits.”

Stuart Tarr, chairman of the Beeches Community Group said the flowers on the Century Way roundabout provided a nice distraction for drivers who had to use the diversion on Burford Road.

He added that the seeds were planted following a request from the Beeches Community Group to the town's council to get the roundabout, which is the responsibility of the county council, adopted and maintained.

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5:52pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Geoff66 says...

Well at last we have some action.......now let's hope the rest of the town's roundabouts will be adopted and that these will be filled with wild flowers and meadow flowers next summer.

It's not like we are not paying the Town Council to provide this service
Well at last we have some action.......now let's hope the rest of the town's roundabouts will be adopted and that these will be filled with wild flowers and meadow flowers next summer. It's not like we are not paying the Town Council to provide this service Geoff66
  • Score: 2

6:30pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Geoff66 says...

....... and before someone says, hang on this is the responsibility of GCC, not the Town Council. Then why doesn't the Town Council, offer to take on this provision, if this would hopefully come with a budget allocation from GCC to support this, as well as looking seriously at obtaining sponsorship of these roundabouts from some of our local businesses and local partnerships.

These roundabouts have been the subject of ridicule and complaint for far too long, and they are a serious eyesore and must be impacting upon those using the town and its visitors, and simply passers by. So instead of pointing the finger at GCC.....Com'on CTC adopt these roundabouts and get them sorted. Surely it can't cost the earth
....... and before someone says, hang on this is the responsibility of GCC, not the Town Council. Then why doesn't the Town Council, offer to take on this provision, if this would hopefully come with a budget allocation from GCC to support this, as well as looking seriously at obtaining sponsorship of these roundabouts from some of our local businesses and local partnerships. These roundabouts have been the subject of ridicule and complaint for far too long, and they are a serious eyesore and must be impacting upon those using the town and its visitors, and simply passers by. So instead of pointing the finger at GCC.....Com'on CTC adopt these roundabouts and get them sorted. Surely it can't cost the earth Geoff66
  • Score: 4

3:59pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Jessica Rabbit says...

The hospital roundabout should have Tony Curry's business advertised on it as he is the man responsible for keeping the grass cut! I have seen him out there morning, noon and night mowing the grass on that roundabout... shame on you CTC.
The hospital roundabout should have Tony Curry's business advertised on it as he is the man responsible for keeping the grass cut! I have seen him out there morning, noon and night mowing the grass on that roundabout... shame on you CTC. Jessica Rabbit
  • Score: 10

4:41pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Claire.M says...

Jessica Rabbit wrote:
The hospital roundabout should have Tony Curry's business advertised on it as he is the man responsible for keeping the grass cut! I have seen him out there morning, noon and night mowing the grass on that roundabout... shame on you CTC.
Don't forget Tony Curry also does the Stroud Rd roundabout next to Cirencester College - all in his own time and at his own expense.
[quote][p][bold]Jessica Rabbit[/bold] wrote: The hospital roundabout should have Tony Curry's business advertised on it as he is the man responsible for keeping the grass cut! I have seen him out there morning, noon and night mowing the grass on that roundabout... shame on you CTC.[/p][/quote]Don't forget Tony Curry also does the Stroud Rd roundabout next to Cirencester College - all in his own time and at his own expense. Claire.M
  • Score: 9

7:20pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Rex Cooper says...

Tony Curry does good work. Actions speak louder than words.
Tony Curry does good work. Actions speak louder than words. Rex Cooper
  • Score: 10

11:57pm Sun 3 Aug 14

Jessica Rabbit says...

Yes Claire.M, you are absolutely right, thanks for reminding me of that, I have seen Tony mowing that roundabout too. He should be receiving some sort of community award for what he does... he is a top bloke who is passionate about this town and it's people. It's a shame that he lost out on his seat in local elections as he is the only councillor I have ever seen who actually does something other than talk the talk! I may not be a fan of his political views, but I am certainly a fan of him and his straight to the point ways.
Yes Claire.M, you are absolutely right, thanks for reminding me of that, I have seen Tony mowing that roundabout too. He should be receiving some sort of community award for what he does... he is a top bloke who is passionate about this town and it's people. It's a shame that he lost out on his seat in local elections as he is the only councillor I have ever seen who actually does something other than talk the talk! I may not be a fan of his political views, but I am certainly a fan of him and his straight to the point ways. Jessica Rabbit
  • Score: 9

5:09pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Susie Clark says...

And there I was thinking that Cirencester Town Council had actually got its act together to start caring about the roundabouts but it was Tony Curry all along. Let's hope he stands for election next year and we Cirencester folk elect him rather than the hot air merchants who talk a lot but actually do very little.
And there I was thinking that Cirencester Town Council had actually got its act together to start caring about the roundabouts but it was Tony Curry all along. Let's hope he stands for election next year and we Cirencester folk elect him rather than the hot air merchants who talk a lot but actually do very little. Susie Clark
  • Score: 6

6:32am Tue 5 Aug 14

Olly Cromwell says...

Freemasons work for Freemasons (not the people)
Freemasons work for Freemasons (not the people) Olly Cromwell
  • Score: 0

8:30am Tue 5 Aug 14

Claire.M says...

Susie Clark: I heard through the grapevine recently that Tony Curry does intend to stand in local council elections next year. He'd get my vote, I know he does a lot of work in the community with little or no fanfare (unlike certain other people who are all talk and no action!) and he cares very passionately about the town.
Susie Clark: I heard through the grapevine recently that Tony Curry does intend to stand in local council elections next year. He'd get my vote, I know he does a lot of work in the community with little or no fanfare (unlike certain other people who are all talk and no action!) and he cares very passionately about the town. Claire.M
  • Score: 6

10:34am Tue 5 Aug 14

Jessica Rabbit says...

Tony Curry doesn't like attention and he keeps himself to himself.... but, if you need his help with a local issue he is straight on it. The man is an asset to this town, I wish the other councilors were more like him, he stands for the people, not just the politics. I really hope he gets his seat back next year.
Tony Curry doesn't like attention and he keeps himself to himself.... but, if you need his help with a local issue he is straight on it. The man is an asset to this town, I wish the other councilors were more like him, he stands for the people, not just the politics. I really hope he gets his seat back next year. Jessica Rabbit
  • Score: 5

6:14pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Geoff66 says...

Whilst clearly we should be extremely grateful for the voluntary efforts of people like Tony Curry, who spend their own time and energy, helping improve the overall physical appearance of our town. Isn't it about time that our council's (clearly a combined effort is now needed, and essential, to get them all talking and working together collectively i.e. CDC, GCC and Cirencester Town Council) to take the lead on looking after and maintaining our roadsides, roundabouts and verges in Cirencester.

Our roadsides are appalling and we have surely now become a laughing stock in the Cotswold's.

What's more, why have we failed to make massive improvements in our town centre? Where are our planters, hanging baskets, trees and shrubs. Why are we failing to make the most of our once beautiful town, and why are we not doing anything to help encourage more visitors and tourists to come and enjoy our town, it's history and its facilities, whilst enjoying the ambience of a beautiful Cotswold's Market Town??

Take a look at nearly any town and village in the Cotswold's and you will soon see what a joke Cirencester has become, and why we have become such a let down.

Our three council's have collectively let us down, and we are now paying for this disgraceful lack of service and incompetency. Sorry but you are a disgrace!!!!
Whilst clearly we should be extremely grateful for the voluntary efforts of people like Tony Curry, who spend their own time and energy, helping improve the overall physical appearance of our town. Isn't it about time that our council's (clearly a combined effort is now needed, and essential, to get them all talking and working together collectively i.e. CDC, GCC and Cirencester Town Council) to take the lead on looking after and maintaining our roadsides, roundabouts and verges in Cirencester. Our roadsides are appalling and we have surely now become a laughing stock in the Cotswold's. What's more, why have we failed to make massive improvements in our town centre? Where are our planters, hanging baskets, trees and shrubs. Why are we failing to make the most of our once beautiful town, and why are we not doing anything to help encourage more visitors and tourists to come and enjoy our town, it's history and its facilities, whilst enjoying the ambience of a beautiful Cotswold's Market Town?? Take a look at nearly any town and village in the Cotswold's and you will soon see what a joke Cirencester has become, and why we have become such a let down. Our three council's have collectively let us down, and we are now paying for this disgraceful lack of service and incompetency. Sorry but you are a disgrace!!!! Geoff66
  • Score: 3

9:47am Thu 7 Aug 14

Jessica Rabbit says...

Totally agree Geoff66, Cirencester is no longer a pretty town, it is just a mess.
Totally agree Geoff66, Cirencester is no longer a pretty town, it is just a mess. Jessica Rabbit
  • Score: 3

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