Rising grass at Fairhill Roundabout was raising eyebrows but mowers move in after ‘Ballymena Daily’ raises issue with Council

How the Fairhill Roundabout had looked in recent days.

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.

BEFORE: Grass had been getting higher at the Fairhill Roundabout

 

Grass was beginning to grow out of control at the Fairhill Roundabout at the junction of Parkway and Thomas Street.

AFTER: The grass was cut at the Fairhill Roundabout after ‘Ballymena Daily’ contacted the Council

 

The condition of the roundabout was noticeably different from the nearby Greenmount Roundabout at the bottom of Parkway which is like a showpiece garden.

The Greenmount Roundabout is well-maintained. Picture: Google Maps.

 

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.”

Ballee Roundabout. Picture: Google Maps

 

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.”

 

 

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