600 – 800 year old Oak felled in Castle Park.

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Residents I spoke to reacted with anger at the felling of this tree at the entrance from Castle Park onto Abbey Park and surrounding area. Even suggesting the tree preceded much of Bangor. Where Saints walked perhaps.

Contractors are reported to have said that the 600 – 800 year old oak tree was felled to make way for piping related to the new sewage works currently being carried out in Castle park. If this is not an act of corporate vandalism I don’t know what is.

No one mentioned whither a consultation had taken place, this tree was just a short distance from where I live and was not contacted. If this is the case then residents were given no opportunity to seek a tree preservation order. A underhand tactic if ever there was one.

Residents noted that there were alternative routes for any pipework up the existing adjacent path.

Trees can be replanted but the oak takes hundreds of years to mature, effectively irreplaceable for the current generation and generations to come.

I believe heads should roll over this disgraceful action, Woodland Trust should act.

Bin, A Rubbish Job

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From previous experience on Council (NDBC) I know that contracts cost a lot of money. There is always a suspicion that Council contracts attract an extra 0 at the end of the amount compared to a domestic job.

The quality of the job is therefore paramount, the pavement lighting in the town is an indication of lack of scrutiny and the resultant problems that can cause. Giving a seafront bin, exposed as it is to all that salt bourn air, a wee daub of undercoat here and there is madness. Do the job right or not at all, we ratepayers deserve a quality and lasting paint job. Something half hearted is not going to last. Shortly it will be covered with top coat, we wont know the difference until the paint peels way too soon.

A Job Well Done?

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Now that fitting the pavement lights in the town with a lump of cement and a little dry stone has failed, the management are engaged in a startling new remedy.

This startling revelation centres around a tube of silicone where operatives complete with safety screen, are down on their knees attempting remedy or are they praying?

Suffice to say the job needs done properly, some pound shop mastic isn’t going to fit the bill.

What’s it all about Bangor

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Our roads are in a mess, weeds over the summer made us look like a third world country. Even on our ring road it is difficult to tell where the road ends and the kerb begins due to persistent and damaging weeds.

However, down lower main street someone have brought in the clowns. It’s beginning to look like a circus down there. what on earth is the purpose of the yellow markings. Health is in disarray, roads a joke, so many better uses for resources, but there is money for spurious yellow markings. (and paramilitary groupings)

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