Photo-a-Day (Monday, 4th July, 2011)
Aspull Village Green
Photo: Vincent Byrne (Konica KD-400Z)
I didn't think that Aspull Council existed anymore, should be Wigan or GM
I agree with the sentiment who, ever paid, why let things get so bad.
I was in Aspull for 4 weeks April to May, and I saw that the powers that be had installed flower contaiers on various roadside metal fences and in April they where in full bloom, looked really good, but by the end of April they were all dead, no one had watered them, why do something if you are not going to maintain it???
I'm surprised Chris Ready hasn't sorted this, he is usually on the ball.
What do you expect? It's all the cuts in funding
On your latter point, Ken R, I too noticed that the plants in the containers on the roadside barriers had been left to dry out. When I saw new plants being put in the containers, I said to one of the workers that I hoped they'd be kept watered, not like the Spring planting. He said there'd been a problem with the renewal of the contract with Wigan Metro - and they'd not been watered as they should as a result.
What struck me, however, was that most of these containers are sited in shopping areas, presumably to make them more attractive to shoppers - yet none of the shopkeepers had bothered to take matters into their own hands by watering the flowers themselves when they saw they were in distress.
I agree with the Rev Long....what is wrong with people that they would see plants die rather than do anything...It wouldn't have taken much to sort it out. Why should we always wait for the powers that be to do something...get on with it !!
I walked into a local shop one day and asked if they would reduce the bedding plants as they were all dried out and "well past their sell by date" I was told "no" they had to return them to the supplier I then asked "well can you water them?" No wer`e not allowed too came the reply .!!! WHY??
Its all about the money i think.
Councillors made big fuss when flower bed and clock was installed. Got their faces in the paper. For several years now its not really been looked after. Makes you wonder where they are now ! They all claim to live in local area. they must walk or drive past it. Why have they not done anything about it !
Well, what a difference a few bad bits of publicity can make. Came past Aspull clock this evening and the flower bed had been completely cleared ready for replanting. It had been overgrown and neglected for some time. The photograph is taken and put on this site less than a week ago - with the desired result! Merely coincidence. I wonder. Perhaps Councillor Ready has sorted it. Or been shamed into!
I made some comments earlier, so this is a little aside. Within spitting distance ( well maybe a bit more )of this clock there is a low wall at the front of a nice house, if you sit on that wall you might be lucky enough to meet the owner of the wall and he might invite you in to sit on a chair at his front window,where you can chat about whatever. If you have time you could get an invite for a cuppa from his misses, or even asked indoors. I wont say who this person is but it was great having a chat with him in April. Thanks.
Looks like twenty to seven on that clock.