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Pots on Parade
« on: August 23, 2014, 04:09:48 PM »
You'll love this one,  it's been happening for a few weeks now, those cobbles I thought they had surplus from the shared space at the Town hall - has turned into another, if not more than one, Pocket Parks at Clive Parade - by the Moonraker's roundabouts.

As far as we know, not a word from anyone about what they were intending.

15 huge black flower pots, at least 6 posh seats, bits of lawn as well as those cobbles turn up in a sea of tarmac.  Even posher litter bins, you can hardly see the bus stop, postbox and crossing for it all.

At present a few of the pots have some sort of hanging plants dangling from them - not been able to guess at what they are.

It takes up just over half of Clive Parade, but nothing on the other side of the car park.
Of course everyone is saying what a waste of tax payers money, because again, we didn't know anything about it, we are not sure where the money to put it in and more importantly the maintenance is coming from.
and maintenance there will be!

Rumour has it that someone has bought all the flats above the shops (one could asked who they belonged to before and for what have they bought them?)  It seems whoever that was, they have paid for the 'improvements'.

   


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Re: Pots on Parade
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2014, 11:25:28 PM »

Those pots are just crying out for a Bill & Ben The Flower Pot Men spoof  :)
 

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Re: Pots on Parade
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2014, 12:23:12 AM »
The flower pots look okay in Muggins picture.

I drove by the other day and thought they looked ridiculous from the road.

There was a small site compound and skip at one end of the site proudly displaying Averies logo.

Are Averies Recycling and Averies Construction owned by the same people?

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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2014, 12:28:38 AM »
In answer to my own question (from Construction.co.uk):-

Company Averies Construction Ltd 
Contact Mr Lee Averies
Address Marshgate
Swindon
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South West
SN1 2PA
 
How much burnt waste can you dump in a giant flower pot?

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Re: Pots on Parade
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2014, 06:57:23 AM »
The reference to Averies waste was my first response when I saw the pots.  I have another pic - it's very difficult to get all 15 into one photo.

From the ground they are just big black pots bits of grass that will be  nightmare to mow and lets face it the mowing this year is behind anyway.

If they have been put in by the person/s who have bought the flats, and they intend doing them up and selling them on, I take it that this 'upgrade' is to attract buyers.

So far, from a sceptical community, predictions are that  those using the take-aways, of which there are plenty, will stop dropping litter where it can be seen and hurl it up into the pots. Making it ten times more difficult to clear up, although we won't be able to see it in the short term from the ground, those up in the flats will be looking down on it. 

There has always been a bit of a problem with the youth hanging around, so now they have nice comfy seats. Although why anyone would want to spend more than few minutes next to so busy a road, I don't know, but is well known that youth want to be 'where it's at'.  No doubt the first people to be disturbed by youth hanging around this will be those living in the flats.  If indeed they are still to be flats, because we don't know!!

So already, three built-in problems. Most of which will be visible and born by those living there.  It is overkill, three maximum, maybe, no need for the grass.

It looks even sillier that they don't stretch along the whole parade of shops - just one part.

Don't think I hadn't thought about the weed thing Geoff, I have some just the right size somewhere from and old carnival float.
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Re: Pots on Parade
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2014, 02:14:54 PM »
I saw them for the first time on Saturday morning. First thing that crossed my mind (after I stopped laughing!) was that if nothing else, they are certainly classiest graffiti magnets in the area. I give it three months before the area is back to 'norm'.

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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2014, 05:15:06 PM »
See photo, classiest bits and not so much a waste of money, can we now claim 'art' has come to North Central?

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Re: Pots on Parade
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2014, 06:00:10 PM »
Is that a reference to Moonraker?

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Re: Pots on Parade
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2014, 06:24:00 PM »
I think it must be _what else can it be?
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« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2014, 08:32:14 AM »
Well it took a while, but I got the root of this potty idea, and I bet that if I tell you it is a delayed project from about two years ago, you can guess who was behind it.  Yes!

Apparently being on a main arterial road - (and there was me thinking he had forgotten we/it existed) and looking a tad run down, it was agreed that something should be done and as usual at great expense and overkill.  Plans, I believe, were drawn up but never consulted upon.  Then put to one side for some reason, picked up again this year - and having forgotten that no consultation had been done, just went on and did it.

Who paid for it?  Section 106 money, but no one knows, (or rather anyone who knows isn't telling), from which development.

Shocking waste of money. I can almost guarantee that when they take a good long look at the Crossroads junction half of them will have to come out to in road widening, roundabout, slip road installing.

The trees go in the pots come November - poor bloody trees, they will need constant watering or draining.
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Re: Pots on Parade
« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2014, 01:14:10 PM »
What a surprise Muggins. The Pots are a legacy from Dear Leader, Rodders.

It seems that he left more than that to be sorted out, as the sell off / give away of the Leisure Facilities was dealt with in Cabinet and Scrutiny between February and March 2012, long before he stepped down. I think that Rodders needed some business coaching. You'd think that a man in his position would know someone that could help with that.

What's it all about?

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Re: Pots on Parade
« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2014, 05:05:53 PM »
If you go up to the area today, you'll notice, on the left hand side, by the old post office, they have now started to dig up a large hole, and this includes one of those grass areas.  I think they are repairing a cable by the look of it but mess everywhere now..

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Re: Pots on Parade
« Reply #12 on: October 08, 2014, 05:34:27 PM »
I think the whole thing is a very clever artistic allusion .

Every time I pass through that area, I can LITERALLY smell pot.

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Re: Pots on Parade
« Reply #13 on: October 09, 2014, 12:03:33 AM »
Mr Heenan has tonight confirmed that S106 money was used for those 'improvements', and that the cost was £89.496.00 money well spent..

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Re: Pots on Parade
« Reply #14 on: October 09, 2014, 08:08:59 AM »
Ye, Gods, they have no idea about value for money do they!!! 

I'm ignoring Tobes remarks about the smell, that's probably a gas leak he can smell, that's probably why they are digging it up. Never known any development around here go up without some sort of leak.
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Re: Pots on Parade
« Reply #15 on: October 09, 2014, 09:20:02 AM »
No Mugs, what I smelled wasn't a gas leak!  :coolsmiley:

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/11295420.Police_raids_reveal_cannabis_factories/

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After securing a drugs warrant for an address on Cricklade Road last week, officers from the West Swindon team executed a raid and discovered an amount of cannabis that had been bagged and prepared for distribution.

A 27-year-old man was arrested in relation to the operation and has been released on police bail while inquiries continue.

A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said: “On Thursday officers from the West Swindon team conducted a drugs warrant on Cricklade Road in Pinehurst.

“A 27-year-old male has been questioned on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis and has been released for futher inquiries.”


... the area had quite a 'distinctive pong' for some while...
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Re: Pots on Parade
« Reply #16 on: October 09, 2014, 09:42:12 PM »
yep. been there, smelled that....but didn't eat the cake :)

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Re: Pots on Parade
« Reply #17 on: October 10, 2014, 09:48:53 AM »
There was me thinking you two never ventured North of the central railway line!

You both have the advantage of me, I'm afraid I don't know what any illegal drug of any description smells like?

How come you two do?

Cricklade Road is a VERY long road. 

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Re: Pots on Parade
« Reply #18 on: April 12, 2015, 05:20:18 PM »
hi guys well there was bill and ben spoof put in the flower pots today pictures to follow even the police watched us but sadly some little man from co-op came out saying we was damaging the pots if he looked carefully there was no damage done and even the local shoppers liked it and where posing for photos will post pics tonight

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Re: Pots on Parade
« Reply #20 on: April 12, 2015, 10:15:30 PM »

Hahaha :) 

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Re: Pots on Parade
« Reply #21 on: April 13, 2015, 08:30:15 AM »
Hoho! Hopefully this will appear in the adver later!

I have to say, the pots have weathered the winter and the more animalistic attentions of the denizens of our town better than I would have expected. They still (and always will ) look weird and out of place, but the basic concept seems proven. How long before some new wit plants actual pot plants in them, mind you? ;)


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« Reply #22 on: April 13, 2015, 09:45:05 AM »
Very witty.  rs75, Shame you didn't think to wait until AFTER the Coop had shut for the night, chance are they wouldn't have noticed for a while the next day.

Felling extremely sensitive about art work today - done with no consultation of those that have to live with it and no doubt at great expense, more bloody money wasted on Penhill for things we don't ask for or need!! 

I will apologise if either of those statements are untrue!

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Felling extremely sensitive about art work today - done with no consultation of those that have to live with it and no doubt at great expense, more bloody money wasted on Penhill for things we don't ask for or need!! 

I will apologise if either of those statements are untrue!

Wtachya talking about mugs?
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Re: Pots on Parade
« Reply #24 on: April 14, 2015, 07:40:56 AM »
 I like that.

Makes me feel all......

Flobalobalob  :)
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Re: Pots on Parade
« Reply #25 on: April 14, 2015, 08:35:03 AM »
Oh Tobes, being a quiet lover of art, well, some of it, wishing I had the talent to match, I have no particular love of wall art - less for graffiti type art and of course none for tagging which is of course is no art at all.

The colours mismatched and contorted into weird shapes of Graffitti, I find to be rather self indulgent. 

My motto is, a thing of beauty is a joy forever!  And you can't gild the lily.

To be honest I would rather see a well built brick wall, which, if we have any respect for the artisans of this town,  has an art to it anyway, and can sometimes be invaded by arty plants.

However, I understand the need for some people to paint walls, maybe on their way to greater works of art.  So on Penhill, we have two or three places where such art work can carry on - a ball (brick) kick wall (both sides) on the Playing Fields is used for graffiti, for what it is, its usually very well done and at no cost to the rate payer.  We don't have a problem with tagging often.

Another is on the back of a block of about twenty garages facing out over Groundwell, that is a BIG length and should satisfy even the most ardent and well off graffiti artist, and there too, it's well done.  That is not paid for the Ratepayers either and kept up by the 'artists'.

Therefore it can hardly be said that as a community we are not tolerant of said art form. Neither really affect anyone living in the areas, I doubt anyone can see them out of their windows so they are ideally situated.

Now someone has decided to put an art wall - right in the middle of the estate, ok, I don't have to look at it, but others do.  It appears to have been well done - i.e. the art work is OK, but it is offensive in as much as it is driven by only one, permitted by one and I want to know where the money came from, because I don't think these artists are paying for it and because there are other things the community has said it wants/needs and that plan was not consulted at all. 

I'm now adding up the little pots (by SBC standards) of money that are being wasted on unsuccessful projects which we haven't asked for, and when it reaches the total of a new Splash Park for all North Swindon at Penhill Playing fields I will be going to the press.

I could be totally wrong about the cost, maybe the artists are doing it for nothing, but at some point that wall will need re-doing or painting over then no doubt it will look ragged for years until we the rate payers pay for it to be cleaned/painted over. 

As it happens I never did understand the logic that to stop graffiti, you provided a place for it to happen - giving kids mixed messages if you ask me, and to see five quite small children pictured with spray cans in hands and no masks anywhere to be seen quite offensive.

Photo below is recent to the play field.   
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« Reply #26 on: April 14, 2015, 12:46:39 PM »
Aw. Bill & Ben have been evicted

www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/12887853.Artist_is_potty_over_removal/
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« Reply #27 on: April 14, 2015, 12:56:50 PM »
Don't worry, they'll be back and stay for longer.    :banana: :hippy:
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