Giant plant pots cause a big reaction

This Is Wiltshire: Bonnie Bull, the owner of Bonnie’s Florist, in Pinehurst, is pleased with the new giant pots the council has placed outside the shop Bonnie Bull, the owner of Bonnie’s Florist, in Pinehurst, is pleased with the new giant pots the council has placed outside the shop

GIANT plant pots installed along Clive Parade in Pinehurst over the past month have got tongues wagging among shopkeepers and residents.

A mixture of positive and negative verdicts have come through the Adver’s letterbox, been posted online and shared with ward councillors since council work began earlier this summer.

The black pots are several feet high and run the full length of the parade. They are currently full of compost ahead of a tree-planting session.

The pots were installed as a part of a wider project by the council to improve the appearance of the road as visitors and commuters enter the town from the north The project also involved resurfacing the pavement and has caused some disturbance for businesses in the road, according to owners.

Despite the short-term impact, Bonnie Bull, of Bonnie’s Florist in Whitworth Road, said she envisages long-term benefits from the pots.

She said: “I think it’s lovely. It’s brilliant, what they have done. A lot of customers have said they don’t like the black pots, but once it’s finished it can only enhance it.

“I am expecting a tree to be put in at some point, which I had some concerns about. I hope it doesn’t block my shop from people passing by.

“It was looking a bit tired around here, so the investment is welcome. The only trouble we had during the building period was a drop in footfall for two weeks.”

Dennis Latouche, the owner of The Den, a hair and beauty salon on the parade, is far from pleased with the designs or the location for the pots.

His business is separated from the main cluster of shops by a car park, and has not been included in the main row of pots for the pavement.

He said: “There were videos on YouTube of people dumping each other in them after being to the pub. There is no intention to start work at our end and it looks grotty now. “ Coun Ray Ballman (Lab, Gorse Hill & Pinehurst) said: “It has been on the cards for a couple of I think it will improve the area. I just hope the local people will take pride in their area and act responsibly.”

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7:27am Wed 27 Aug 14

Always Grumpy says...

What a complete waste of money - they look hideous and how long before they are covered in graffiti?
Why wasn't the money spent widening Cricklade Road and improving the crossroads junction?
Why does our incompetent council keep wasting OUR money on pointless projects like this? I despair every time I see the council undertaking projects such as this. They really are completely useless.
What a complete waste of money - they look hideous and how long before they are covered in graffiti? Why wasn't the money spent widening Cricklade Road and improving the crossroads junction? Why does our incompetent council keep wasting OUR money on pointless projects like this? I despair every time I see the council undertaking projects such as this. They really are completely useless. Always Grumpy
  • Score: 8

8:06am Wed 27 Aug 14

house on the hill says...

Designed by Bill and Ben after too much "little weed" I suspect!
Designed by Bill and Ben after too much "little weed" I suspect! house on the hill
  • Score: 11

8:13am Wed 27 Aug 14

Davethered says...

I think they'll all look great when finished , just hope people can keep away from vandalising them . Be proud of your area and take pride in what the council are trying to do .
I think they'll all look great when finished , just hope people can keep away from vandalising them . Be proud of your area and take pride in what the council are trying to do . Davethered
  • Score: 27

8:27am Wed 27 Aug 14

silvergran says...

They have tried to improve the area by doing all this work, but it won't be long before it's all vandalised I'm afraid.
They have tried to improve the area by doing all this work, but it won't be long before it's all vandalised I'm afraid. silvergran
  • Score: 11

8:32am Wed 27 Aug 14

house on the hill says...

Always Grumpy wrote:
What a complete waste of money - they look hideous and how long before they are covered in graffiti?
Why wasn't the money spent widening Cricklade Road and improving the crossroads junction?
Why does our incompetent council keep wasting OUR money on pointless projects like this? I despair every time I see the council undertaking projects such as this. They really are completely useless.
Because that's what incompetent people do time and again? Until they bring in new people with new ideas, you will just get the same old people with the same old rubbish!
[quote][p][bold]Always Grumpy[/bold] wrote: What a complete waste of money - they look hideous and how long before they are covered in graffiti? Why wasn't the money spent widening Cricklade Road and improving the crossroads junction? Why does our incompetent council keep wasting OUR money on pointless projects like this? I despair every time I see the council undertaking projects such as this. They really are completely useless.[/p][/quote]Because that's what incompetent people do time and again? Until they bring in new people with new ideas, you will just get the same old people with the same old rubbish! house on the hill
  • Score: 4

8:47am Wed 27 Aug 14

mug? says...

Why can't they just plant trees in the ground like everyone else?

Aren't these likely to topple over into the road in high winds?
Why can't they just plant trees in the ground like everyone else? Aren't these likely to topple over into the road in high winds? mug?
  • Score: -11

9:02am Wed 27 Aug 14

benzss says...

mug? wrote:
Why can't they just plant trees in the ground like everyone else?

Aren't these likely to topple over into the road in high winds?
What? Big, heavy cylinders filled with soil are going to topple over from a stiff breeze? What planet are you on?

Man you guys are really a bunch of whingers. These oversize plant pots exist all over the place (from Manchester to Brussels) and manage to look nice and a little bit quirky. Better than looking at a decrepit parade of shops in any case.
[quote][p][bold]mug?[/bold] wrote: Why can't they just plant trees in the ground like everyone else? Aren't these likely to topple over into the road in high winds?[/p][/quote]What? Big, heavy cylinders filled with soil are going to topple over from a stiff breeze? What planet are you on? Man you guys are really a bunch of whingers. These oversize plant pots exist all over the place (from Manchester to Brussels) and manage to look nice and a little bit quirky. Better than looking at a decrepit parade of shops in any case. benzss
  • Score: 35

9:13am Wed 27 Aug 14

Mukkin says...

More *urd polishing :-D
More *urd polishing :-D Mukkin
  • Score: -3

9:41am Wed 27 Aug 14

jonelway says...

"Until they bring in new people..." No, no, no. "They" do not bring in new people. If we want change then we have to elect those that will listen to us and make the changes we want. If there isn't anyone, then stand yourself.
"Until they bring in new people..." No, no, no. "They" do not bring in new people. If we want change then we have to elect those that will listen to us and make the changes we want. If there isn't anyone, then stand yourself. jonelway
  • Score: 6

9:41am Wed 27 Aug 14

Redhouse Red says...

Always Grumpy wrote:
What a complete waste of money - they look hideous and how long before they are covered in graffiti?
Why wasn't the money spent widening Cricklade Road and improving the crossroads junction?
Why does our incompetent council keep wasting OUR money on pointless projects like this? I despair every time I see the council undertaking projects such as this. They really are completely useless.
Or take some pride in your town. You decide
[quote][p][bold]Always Grumpy[/bold] wrote: What a complete waste of money - they look hideous and how long before they are covered in graffiti? Why wasn't the money spent widening Cricklade Road and improving the crossroads junction? Why does our incompetent council keep wasting OUR money on pointless projects like this? I despair every time I see the council undertaking projects such as this. They really are completely useless.[/p][/quote]Or take some pride in your town. You decide Redhouse Red
  • Score: 15

10:45am Wed 27 Aug 14

spencer76 says...

They look like giant ashtrays and thats what they will probably become !
They look like giant ashtrays and thats what they will probably become ! spencer76
  • Score: 8

11:21am Wed 27 Aug 14

Alan Bast*rd says...

benzss wrote:
mug? wrote:
Why can't they just plant trees in the ground like everyone else?

Aren't these likely to topple over into the road in high winds?
What? Big, heavy cylinders filled with soil are going to topple over from a stiff breeze? What planet are you on?

Man you guys are really a bunch of whingers. These oversize plant pots exist all over the place (from Manchester to Brussels) and manage to look nice and a little bit quirky. Better than looking at a decrepit parade of shops in any case.
This.
Trying to enhance the area and the whingers still run it down
[quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mug?[/bold] wrote: Why can't they just plant trees in the ground like everyone else? Aren't these likely to topple over into the road in high winds?[/p][/quote]What? Big, heavy cylinders filled with soil are going to topple over from a stiff breeze? What planet are you on? Man you guys are really a bunch of whingers. These oversize plant pots exist all over the place (from Manchester to Brussels) and manage to look nice and a little bit quirky. Better than looking at a decrepit parade of shops in any case.[/p][/quote]This. Trying to enhance the area and the whingers still run it down Alan Bast*rd
  • Score: 8

12:02pm Wed 27 Aug 14

PJC says...

Hey, guess what? Plants take time to grow, believe it or not! I'm sure once they're fully planted, they'll look nice. As for the defeatist attitude, 'There's no point, it'll just get vandalised anyway.' typical of the apathy that is endemic in this town.
Hey, guess what? Plants take time to grow, believe it or not! I'm sure once they're fully planted, they'll look nice. As for the defeatist attitude, 'There's no point, it'll just get vandalised anyway.' typical of the apathy that is endemic in this town. PJC
  • Score: 10

1:07pm Wed 27 Aug 14

ManWithCar says...

Bonnie Bull, of Bonnie’s Florist in Whitworth Road: “I am expecting a tree to be put in at some point, which I had some concerns about. I hope it doesn’t block my shop from people passing by."

Oh the irony. But apart from that, how big does a florist think a tree is going to be? As daft as SBC can be, they're hardly likely to throw a giant oak in the pots are they? Maybe it might just make the area look a **** sight more attractive and encourage more trade...
Bonnie Bull, of Bonnie’s Florist in Whitworth Road: “I am expecting a tree to be put in at some point, which I had some concerns about. I hope it doesn’t block my shop from people passing by." Oh the irony. But apart from that, how big does a florist think a tree is going to be? As daft as SBC can be, they're hardly likely to throw a giant oak in the pots are they? Maybe it might just make the area look a **** sight more attractive and encourage more trade... ManWithCar
  • Score: 4

1:14pm Wed 27 Aug 14

IanRM says...

As a SBC candidate last year, these comments highlight many of the concerns expressed to me. It's not that the Council don't listen to residents - it's more that they don't even ask them for their opinoin. The majority of Pinehurst residents were more concerned with having more for young people to do in Pinehurst and keeping them away from vandalism and graffitti. The pots actually look quite good when finished but I share the many concerns expressed in the comments. Hopefully, next time the Council will ask residents what THEY want before decisions like this are made.
As a SBC candidate last year, these comments highlight many of the concerns expressed to me. It's not that the Council don't listen to residents - it's more that they don't even ask them for their opinoin. The majority of Pinehurst residents were more concerned with having more for young people to do in Pinehurst and keeping them away from vandalism and graffitti. The pots actually look quite good when finished but I share the many concerns expressed in the comments. Hopefully, next time the Council will ask residents what THEY want before decisions like this are made. IanRM
  • Score: 3

1:16pm Wed 27 Aug 14

house on the hill says...

PJC wrote:
Hey, guess what? Plants take time to grow, believe it or not! I'm sure once they're fully planted, they'll look nice. As for the defeatist attitude, 'There's no point, it'll just get vandalised anyway.' typical of the apathy that is endemic in this town.
I think it is more from experience and reality than apathy. Is there any area that hasn't been tagged or just left to deteriorate? And yes agree it does look far better than before, lets hope it stays that way but don't hold your breath.
[quote][p][bold]PJC[/bold] wrote: Hey, guess what? Plants take time to grow, believe it or not! I'm sure once they're fully planted, they'll look nice. As for the defeatist attitude, 'There's no point, it'll just get vandalised anyway.' typical of the apathy that is endemic in this town.[/p][/quote]I think it is more from experience and reality than apathy. Is there any area that hasn't been tagged or just left to deteriorate? And yes agree it does look far better than before, lets hope it stays that way but don't hold your breath. house on the hill
  • Score: 4

2:49pm Wed 27 Aug 14

cushman says...

Another waste of our money by Swindon Council the idea is ok but the large pots are to big! but wait till the local lads come out to play with their spray paint! I think the Council ought to first get the local takeaways to employ someone to clear the rubbish instead of the Council men having to do it every morning I walk Clive parade between 5& 6 am and it's a total mess even when those building the new Clive Parade ther was rubbish chuck into their make shiffed yard it's an eye sore! is that what the Council want vistors to see of this wonderful town that's a kind of joke
Another waste of our money by Swindon Council the idea is ok but the large pots are to big! but wait till the local lads come out to play with their spray paint! I think the Council ought to first get the local takeaways to employ someone to clear the rubbish instead of the Council men having to do it every morning I walk Clive parade between 5& 6 am and it's a total mess even when those building the new Clive Parade ther was rubbish chuck into their make shiffed yard it's an eye sore! is that what the Council want vistors to see of this wonderful town that's a kind of joke cushman
  • Score: 1

3:43pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Wiltshirereader says...

Personally I think it looks great and has much improved the look of that parade of shops, it doesn't look so scruffy now. Look forward to seeing some flowers/bushes planted in them!
Personally I think it looks great and has much improved the look of that parade of shops, it doesn't look so scruffy now. Look forward to seeing some flowers/bushes planted in them! Wiltshirereader
  • Score: 4

4:23pm Wed 27 Aug 14

The Real Librarian says...

Boy those are big urinals
Boy those are big urinals The Real Librarian
  • Score: 4

4:31pm Wed 27 Aug 14

IanRM says...

house on the hill wrote:
Always Grumpy wrote:
What a complete waste of money - they look hideous and how long before they are covered in graffiti?
Why wasn't the money spent widening Cricklade Road and improving the crossroads junction?
Why does our incompetent council keep wasting OUR money on pointless projects like this? I despair every time I see the council undertaking projects such as this. They really are completely useless.
Because that's what incompetent people do time and again? Until they bring in new people with new ideas, you will just get the same old people with the same old rubbish!
Quite right, House. To quote from the TV series "Yes Minister" . . . "But the people want to kniow what's happening to their money" . . . Sir Humphrey, "No, Minister . . it's OUR money now" It's interesting that I had several negative clicks to my comment . . Each negative click represents one person her that believes Your wants, Your opinion means nothing. They, the Tory Council know better than you lol. Let's show them at the next election that they don't!
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Always Grumpy[/bold] wrote: What a complete waste of money - they look hideous and how long before they are covered in graffiti? Why wasn't the money spent widening Cricklade Road and improving the crossroads junction? Why does our incompetent council keep wasting OUR money on pointless projects like this? I despair every time I see the council undertaking projects such as this. They really are completely useless.[/p][/quote]Because that's what incompetent people do time and again? Until they bring in new people with new ideas, you will just get the same old people with the same old rubbish![/p][/quote]Quite right, House. To quote from the TV series "Yes Minister" . . . "But the people want to kniow what's happening to their money" . . . Sir Humphrey, "No, Minister . . it's OUR money now" It's interesting that I had several negative clicks to my comment . . Each negative click represents one person her that believes Your wants, Your opinion means nothing. They, the Tory Council know better than you lol. Let's show them at the next election that they don't! IanRM
  • Score: 1

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