GRASS growing wild at a roundabout in Ballymena town centre – which had attracted unfavourable comments from many people – has now been cut after ‘Ballymena Daily’ raised the issue with the Council.
Grass was beginning to grow out of control at the Fairhill Roundabout at the junction of Parkway and Thomas Street.
The condition of the roundabout was noticeably different from the nearby Greenmount Roundabout at the bottom of Parkway which is like a showpiece garden.
That roundabout is sponsored – by local firm H McLarnon – whilst the Fairhill Roundabout has no sponsorship signs.
A spokesperson for Mid and East Antrim Borough Council told ‘Ballymena Daily’: “Roundabouts are owned by the Department for Infrastructure, with maintenance falling under the responsibility of Council.
“The unprecedented Covid-19 emergency has resulted in increased demands on Council services, as well as a reduction in staff, many of whom have been re-deployed during the crisis period.
“Unfortunately, routine maintenance has been affected but we hope to be in a position to resume this work when adequate resources are in place.”
The Council spokesperson added: “Due to recent expressions of interest in the Fairhill Roundabout flower bed, a new advertising process relating to sponsorship opportunities at that location will be announced in coming days.”
Meanwhile, there will be more developments regarding sponsorship of other roundabouts like Ballee Roundabout, the Council told us.
The spokesperson added: “Following a successful advertising process, sponsors for the Ballee Road and Seven Towers roundabouts in Ballymena, as well as the roundabouts in Larne and Carrickfergus, were identified earlier this year.
“Those sponsorship opportunities will be taken forward in January 2021.”