Grass cutting is under way along Bangor’s ring road. So what you say, that is as it should be. Trouble is that it’s some months to late, the grass should have been mown over the summer when it was at its peak. At that time our roads were in a disgraceful state, weeds everywhere. Put simply it was an embarrassment to our town, we can only imagine what our visitors thought.
Now it appears the mechanisms of government are in action, but is it too little too late? The weeds have already gone to seed ensuring a bumper crop next year. The grass has already fallen back ready for winter.
Weeds and grass are now firmly established within every crevice on our roadside leaving it, in places, impossible to distinguish the division between road and verge. It is a future maintenance nightmare.
So why cut now when all is lost, the only people to gain are those at the receiving end of the contract. If the money was available why was it not spent when needed? Or, were the roads in other areas simply more important.
Yet again the money flows to Kilcooley, this time in the form of a proposed £80,000 new play park. We will all agree that money allocated towards playgrounds for children is money well spent. But I believe there is already provision in Kilcooley, at least two playgrounds.
Over the years I have tried to be advised on the sum total of money flowing into kilcooley but cannot be told, certainly the streets should be paved with gold by now and a child’s playground on every corner. If not where are the millions going?
However the main thrust of my concern, as it has always been, is the inequality of funding especially towards the Abbey area now part of Bangor Central. Shipperstone Hall has received a new roof yet what was really needed was extra space. What electors, or other visitors, will have noticed is that is simply a one room affair and cannot accommodate two events at once.
The Skipperstone playground is a meagre affair fitted into a corner adjacent to the hall and without the protective fencing evident in other areas. It is well used, I visited it four times to take the above photo without children, (even then this girl turned up but the time I got out of the car).
Perhaps it is time for a redistribution of wealth!
In today’s world it is sometimes difficult to be sure where responsibility lies. In a given contract with perhaps many sub contractors confusion can reign.
The new sewage works in Castle Park could be an example. The boarding displays a very prominent banner proclaiming that the works are being carried out by a Considerate Constructor who protects the environment.
Such catchy logos are perhaps the norm in the corporate world suggesting a cosy relationship with the client which is sometimes open to interpretation. “Every little hurts” is perhaps an example.
“Considerate constructors protect the environment” Yet, a centuries old tree was felled to make way for the project. Considerate or what?