Roundabout worry for Olympic route

NMAC12-1508-1''County Coun Martin Wright and Charles Cannon, a director of Forever Green pictured at the over grown traffic island on Southwell Road on Tuesday.

NMAC12-1508-1''County Coun Martin Wright and Charles Cannon, a director of Forever Green pictured at the over grown traffic island on Southwell Road on Tuesday.

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A ROUNDABOUT on the Olympic route into Mansfield is yet to be cleaned up, despite repeated calls from frustrated business owners.

The roundabout on the A6191 on Southwell Road West has been heavily criticised for being overgrown and neglected.

In December, Nottinghamshire County Council promised it would be cleaned up, but have yet to make a start, with the 
Olmypic torch visit event just over two week away.

Although not on the torch-carrying section of the route, the procession will cross the roundabout.

Michael Whittle, who runs the nearby caravan storage 
unit, said: “Nothing has changed and the roundabout is still covered in giant weeds and litter, and also some signs have been demolished by vehicles crashing.

“The road is supposed to be the gateway to Mansfield and must give a terrible impression.

“When they built it they did not remove the Tarmac so there’s only about five inches of topsoil.

“They could easily pave it and make it look attractive.

“When the Olympic procession comes through on 28th July it will just look awful, everybody says so. It’s a disgrace.”

Charles Cannon, director of Ransom Wood Estates, agrees and even pulled a £2,500 a sponsorship of the 
roundabout last year because of the council’s neglect.

He has been in regular contact with the county council’s Coun Martin Wright, who has been helping to push for the work.

Mr Cannon said: said: “It was a bit of a farce, and very frustrating.”

Martyn Thurman, of Mansfield District Council explained: “The responsibility for roundabouts lies with Nottinghamshire County Council although Mansfield District Council maintains them through the county council’s reactive maintenance programme. The county council has asked that we tidy up the roundabout and this work will be carried out within the next couple of weeks.” 
Meanwhile, county councillor, Martin Wright, says he will discuss the issue at a meeting later this week.